[As we enter into the summer, our Weekend Rewinds will look a little different. We won’t always have a weekend lesson to which we can “rewind”. When that is the case I am going to review a lesson series I did with high school students about discerning the will of God in our lives.]
What am I supposed to do with my life?
That was the question I was given when I asked our high school students what they wanted to study as their last Sunday school series of the school year. The question is perfectly normal to ask when you are in high school, but what struck me was the way it was phrased.
There was fear behind the question. There was an underlying assumption that if they did not answer the question correctly their life would be ruined and God (or at the very least their parents) would be angry with them. So we struck out on a four week series about discerning the will of God for our lives.
Looking back, I think I am about 75% satisfied with this lesson series (mabye less) so I thought that rather than presenting it as it was taught, I would offer it up to the folks who stop by the blog and get your feedback.
My biggest regret in how the class went was that I taught with too much certainty. Since the class ended I have had doubts about my conclusions. I invite you to join the conversation, understanding that I might very well not know the right answer. This is probably the best way to start a conversation anyway.
Here are the questions that will get us started:
- Does God have a specific will for your life?
- If so, how detailed is God’s will for your life?
- How do you figure out what his will is?
- How do you make big life decisions like what to study in college or who to marry? (These were two of the larger questions facing the Sunday School class as we went along.)
I would like to interject some preliminary thoughts here, but I would rather not bias the conversation. Feel free to respond to the questions, and if you reply to someone else’s comment, I ask that you would do so lovingly and respectfully. That is God’s will for all of us for sure.