When I put the cap and gown on again last weekend I sparked something I had not experienced in quite a while. From all directions I got the question, “So, what do you plan to do next?” My answer is pretty simple. “I am going to continue doing what I was doing before I graduated.” I hope my simple response becomes an encouragement to all my fellow graduates and to all the hopeful parents that are asking the what is next question. Let me explain…
My answer is not a 40 something’s resistance to change or that I am perfectly settled in life; my answer is rooted in a conviction that there are a few simple maxims that bring clarity to almost any situation. One simple truth helps determine what to do in life, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33 A second simple guide tells me how to do it. “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 When I became a Christ follower, I told God I was willing to go wherever He would take me; this launched me on an exciting journey.
As a young crazy 20 year old trying to make it through LSU I became enthusiastic about mirroring my character and actions after what I found in the Bible. Honestly, through all of life that has changed, for the most part it stays the same. Whether chemical engineer, dad, husband, friend or pastor I try to live with passion for a single purpose. Through life I find myself at crossroads which force major decisions, but 99.9% of them are simple choices to do what I know to do “for the Lord and not for men.”
Take heart my fellow graduates and worrying parents alike. If the pursuit of God’s purposes with an enthusiasm to do everything for Him was the plan; just keep doing what you have always done with confidence in the future. If your purpose and passion was for anything else, it is still very simple — It’s time for a change.