[quote="nsper7, post:1, topic:178567"]
One hears many Protestants and Catholics talking about the importance of "discerning God's will for their life" (they may use different phraseology, but it amounts to the same basic idea).
Anyway, as Catholics, are we required to discern God's will for our lives or can we do what we want as long as we are not sinning? Obviously, those who desire the Priesthood, religious life...it is a different story, but I am talking about for a person who has no interest/desire/"calling" to a unique form of ordained/vowed service to the Church.
I am talking about obviously choosing among good/neutral things. Obviously, we should not choose sin and especially not grave sin. For example, someone has an interest in being a doctor or a lawyer (two neutral choices), do they need to 'pray' or ask God for input or can they just make a decision however they want?
In other words, why does a Catholic have to seek God's input in decision-making? As long as they are not choosing a sinful thing, then it falls within their choice.
God has something for each of us that not only will use the gifts and talents He has given us, and make us useful to the Body of Christ in ways we could never imagine, and help to give us graces and prepare us for our true home in heaven, but will help to make us truly happy, peaceful and joyful while we are doing it. We can only do it if we are doing God's perfect will. This isn't going to be discerned by contemplating our navals, but by acting in Faith.
I can't tell you what yours is or even how best to go about finding it out, but I can tell you that God wants us in His perfect will, and that we will be most happy, peaceful and joyful when we are doing His will.
I would try talking to God about this - Get to know Him, through the Scriptures, the Words of the Deserts Fathers and the lives of the Saints. EWTN has a whole library, and Ignatius Press has all sorts of instructional materials you can use. Talk to a priest or a Deacon or anyone who's really on fire for the Lord - Get a Spiritual Director, and talk to him about all the issues you've raised here plus any others that come to mind.
Our job isn't just to not sin - Our job is to get to know God and to get as close to Him as we can bear. Remember, we're going to spend all eternity going through all of the Universes He created with Him.
I hope this helps.
Your Brother & Servant in Christ, Michael