Sorting Out God’s Will in Your Life…
The process of making a decision about your life with the help of the Holy Spirit is called discernment. In this process you and God are in a dialogue of getting to know your future and to be healthy, happy and holy.
There are four basic yet not so simple steps to discernment:
BE IN TOUCH WITH YOURSELF
BE IN TOUCH WITH GOD
PRAYERFULLY ACT/GATHERING DATA
CONFIRM YOUR THOUGHTS
Be in touch with yourself:
Look at your dreams, fears, what causes you stress, what makes you happy, who makes you happy. Keep a journal of feelings and events to be able to look back and discover patterns.
Be in touch with God:
How is your prayer life? How do you spend time with God? Do you express all your desires, feelings, hurts and joys to God? Where do you see God? How do the people you meet show you God?
Prayerfully Act, Gathering Data:
Get all the facts and check with different sources and people. Look at different aspects of your life. If you do not know other aspects or information, contact someone who does. Read about others who have made serious life decisions for God, like St. Augustine. Talk to priests, religious, campus minsters, and to people in various careers. Visit your parish rectory or a local monastery.
Confirm Your Thoughts:
After the first three steps, how does it feel? If you are not at peace, that is okay. It just means you need more time and need to reflect more with others.
Consider contacting a spiritual director; he will be able to help you discover how God is inviting you to holiness. What should you do with your one and only life?