One Question Every Twentysomething Could Live Without
I want to start off by saying I am guilty of asking this question and I might even venture out to say that probably everyone is. It’s a question every college student gets asked repeatedly when they go home for the holidays, but unfortunately even after graduating, the question still arises:
“So, what’s next?”
Cringe. The scariest question when you have no answer. Paul Agnone, in a Relevant article he wrote, put it this way: “Often, the question of ‘what now?’ plagues us in our twenties like chickenpox. The more we scratch, the worse it itches. The overwhelming vagueness of ‘what am I doing with my life?’ can crush us like the bully who sat on our head in third grade.” When we let the “What’s Next” mindset take over, we’re in some ways saying that “what’s now” isn’t enough.
A few weeks ago our Lead Pastor, Brady, shared with me a verse that has become really meaningful and encouraging just for the season of life I’m in now.
“In whatever situation someone was called, brothers and sisters, let him remain in it with God.”
Where I am in life and the constant question of “what’s next,” that even tend to ask myself, I look back at this verse and remind myself that the situation I’m in, the “now,” is where God has called me to be. And not just called my body to be at physically, but my mind as well. He calls us to be present in the now. There is definitely a healthy tension between being in the “what’s now” mindset and also being responsible and planning, but I think many of us can err on the side of freaking out and letting the “what next” question rule our lives.
So maybe the “what’s next” question isn’t something we necessarily should wipe from our conversations, but next time we ask it we rethink our response. Instead of giving the “pity nod” and “That’s ok” response (once again, guilty), we encourage people to take advantage of where God has them in that moment. Because even though He has many great things planned for our future, He is also working all around us now. I don’t want to miss what’s right in front of me because I’m worrying about what’s 20 steps ahead.