The school year is ending and many are contemplating a new season of life. They are getting ready to head into the "real world" (where you actually get paid to work!) or perhaps starting to contemplate college and careers. If you are in this place you may wonder, "What is God calling me to do?" To answer this question you might decide to wait for a blinding light and audible voice. That approach has worked for some (albeit a very select few), but more than likely God will reveal your calling in a more ordinary way. God is in the details of life and often the way he calls people to different professions is by the gifts he gives to them. In Genesis 1 God both commands people to work and blesses them to do it. The gift of work is accompanied by the gift to work. Understanding how we are gifted goes hand in hand with understanding our calling, because God often calls people to serve him in places that fit their giftings (1 Corinthians 7:7, 17; Romans 12:4–8).
So let's look at a few things that may help determine where the Lord is calling you.
1. Consider your unique giftings.
People have different skills and desires that equip them to succeed at certain tasks. Some are gifted at teaching, others at leading, others at administration, and the list goes on and on (Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:4–11; 1 Peter 4:9–11). Knowing what you are good at and what you enjoy doing is one important part of calling.
If every time you go to fix something you do more harm than good, then being a mechanic might not be in your future. If you hate math, then accounting probably isn’t the way to go. An ideal job is one that you both enjoy and are gifted at (Romans 12:6–8; Ecclesiastes 3:22), so this is an important part of determining God’s calling for you.
There will certainly be parts of any profession that you do not like and will need to persevere through. But it is good to find something that fits who you are and how God has wired you. So think and pray long and hard about who you are, what productive activities bring you joy, what you’re drawn to, and what skill areas seem to come most naturally.