Over the past few months, I've spoken to numerous friends, coworkers, peers and strangers that all seem to be going through the same thing: fear, confusion, stress and discouragement.
Now, before you assume that this is just going to be another depressing blog - let me stop you right there and let you know on the front end that I've got some encouragement for you. This isn't one of those all-the-rage, "bashing on millennials" blogs that I've seen more of in 2016 than I can bear to read. I simply want to connect some dots that might make a little more sense of what you're going through.
Chances are, if you clicked on this article, you're somewhere in your twenties and you're somewhat struggling with trusting God. Here are a few things I want to share with my fellow millennials:
1. YOU'RE NOT CRAZY OR ALONE
You're not the only one feeling frustrated with where your life is. The truth is that in 2016, being a twenty-something isn't easy. The world has changed since our parents were young. There are more and more opportunities for success, yet there are less and less direct ways of getting there. I know it seems like every time you get on Instagram, you see someone who is doing what they were created to do and you're still working that crap job - but don't get discouraged. You're not the only one in this place of life and you're not insane for feeling the way you do.
2. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT
I know you probably feel like you're the exception to this, but you're not - and that should free you up. Things are going to change so much over the next few years. It's OK if you don't have your 10 year plan worked out yet, just keep moving in the direction you feel like God is leading you towards. The dreams in your heart are more than just a moment - they will take and last a lifetime. Take things one day at a time.
3. THINGS WON'T BE WHAT YOU EXPECTED
Just because things didn't turn out the way you thought they would DOESN'T mean that your life is a sham. Often times the things we expect to happen are connected to an outdated version of maturity or understanding that God needs to update through new experiences and circumstances. Go with the flow and don't let the unexpected discourage or deter you.
4. FAILURE ISN'T FATAL
If something you tried didn't work out, it's not the end of the world and it's definitely not the end of your career. A lot of life is trial and error. Just because you stepped out in faith and believed God for something that didn't end up panning out the way you wanted it to doesn't mean that God failed your or even that YOU failed you. A part of growing up is learning how to pick yourself up when what you expected doesn't work and moving forward. Don't allow failure in relationships, jobs, opportunities or experiences to stop you from taking risks - you're going to make it!
5. GOD SEES THE END AND THE BEGINNING
We determine "goodness" based upon our past and present experiences, but God's goodness is based upon eternity - which He sees in its entirety. It may look like everything is a mess right now and that God has left His goodness at the door, but He sees the end to your story and He promises to make all things work together for YOUR GOOD. Just because life doesn't make sense right now doesn't mean that God is working it out in your favor. Don't sweat the petty and determine to trust God no matter what your circumstance looks like currently. God's got you - He loves you and He's a good Father.
You're going to make it!