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Just how detailed is God's will for our lives?
Is God's will detailed,
like, you will work as a teacher for 5 years and then at age 29 you will change careers and then at age 39 you will marry and then change careers at age 42.
Or does God just say, okay, well, here are the tools I gave you, now I will just support whatever you choose to do? (Instead of, you will be a mom/teacher/doctor/etc.)
I'm having a hard time differentiating between making choices for our lives and doing God's will.
I just wrote this for another thread. I saw the heading so I will copy and paste it here...
Let me offer another understanding of the "call". I am in formation for the diaconate, so, this is something I continue to discern...
Permit me to use an analogy...
God is a head football coach, you are the offensive coordinator. He gives you a book with a whole lot of plays. You have the "freedom" (free will) to use any play in the book. Of course there are plays that exist that are not in God's book. To use those would be sinful. And, there are plays that may be in the book but are not appropriate in a particular situation. For example, one would not go into punt formation on first and goal from the 3 yard line. But there are several running and/or passing plays that may be very useful in this situation.
Think of marriage. Someone chooses to get married. Does God handpick our spouse? Were we destined to marry that one man or woman that God reserved for us? I don't think so...I think God created us with an intellect and a free will and we choose our own spouse. If we are open and cooperative, God will work through those two souls to make them holy.
God may well have Holy Orders written in your playbook. But He may have a marriage play or two, as well...So, how do will you know if the play you picked is in God's playbook?
When your will and God's will are operating at the same frequency and amplitude, you will know a peace and joy in your heart. Turn this decision over to God in prayer. Ask Him to speak to your heart. When you feel that holy calmness, you will know that you are where God wants you to be.
I am not a theologian and don't claim to be. So, please take my suggestions with the grain. All I am trying to do is get you to see that our loving God works through the hard decisions we encounter throughout our lives and helps us to become the person He created us to be. Sometimes, there is no "wrong" decision or at least there is more than one that is written in your playbook...