We’re approaching a time of the year when numerous students will be closing an educational stage, either to start a different one after the summer or to enter (or try to enter) in the working world. There are people who’re already following a clear path but, for many others, this is a time of decision making. There are also people who some time ago took a “clear path”, but are now seeing they need to make a change.
Talents and charisms
When it comes to making a discernment about this issue, we tend to begin by looking outwards, researching all the different options we have. But we should first of all look inwards. A way to begin is by making ourselves aware of which our talents and charisms are. These two concepts have different nuances. Your talents are your natural skills, those things that you’re good at, and they can be just for yourself. Your charisms are specific gifts that God has given you for others. Every baptized person has at least one charism. As living stones, every Christian has been given one or several tools to build the Kingdom of God. This inventory of charisms is a good resource to help you discover them if nothing comes to mind as the obvious answer.
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How difficult it is to make decisions and to only take into account the glory of God as our guideline! Not because we don’t want to, but because it’s hard to listen to the voice of the Spirit in the midst of so much noise generated by fear, social expectations, the dirt of the devil, our limiting beliefs and the stress of indecision. I hope this article can provide you with some keys to be able to take the next right step forward.
Don’t forget that this kind of decisions aren’t forever, there’s always the possibility of change, and that’s ok. We need to learn to be open to change, and to place our longing for stability only in God, Who cannot change. Cling to Him with all your heart.
“The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (Jn 3:8).