Issue at Hand, March 2024: Vocation

Among the biggest decisions that a young person makes at the end of high school is how to answer the question, “What am I going to do?” Maybe the answer is college. Or maybe it’s starting a job that you’ve always wanted to do when you graduated. Or maybe the answer is simply, “I don’t know.” Whatever your answer is, it’s probably safe to say you have at least thought about the question a little bit. And if you have, that’s good—but there is more to consider. 

The reality for you and every other child of God is that you have a calling to labor faithfully while you are in this life. Maybe that comes as a surprise if you weren’t planning to be a minister or a Christian school teacher, since those are the occupations that most often come to mind when we think about receiving a “calling” from God. If God has laid one of those two occupations on your heart already, then praise be to him! But if you are thinking about a different occupation or if you are still unsure of what God wants you to do for work as an adult, then you still need to think about what he is calling you to do with your life. Every child of God without exception has a vocation, which is simply another way of saying that you have a calling.  

That is what this issue of Beacon Lights is all about. Our goal this month is to provide both practical and theological guidance to figuring out the next stage of your life after high school. The editorial, feature articles, and devotional all address this topic in one way or another. Take the time to read through the wise direction that is offered, and seek to serve God and his kingdom in whatever way that he has ordained for you. May he bless you in the journey to find his will for you! 


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