On knowing God's will - a graphical representation of my view


Three rows:
  • Inputs: Opportunities, Interests, Circumstances, Limitations, Resources, Talents / Abilities (also giftedness)
  • "The process" box: Mindful of God (Matthew 22:37, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind")
  • Outputs: Valid, Christ-honoring choices
Example: HS graduate who:
  • Interest: Has an interest in being a policeman
  • Circumstances: Lives in US, Father was in the USMC, Uncle is a State Trooper. Athletic in HS
  • Limitations: No outward physical limitations. Family has financial limitations.
  • Opportunities / Options: Local community college / "The U" / Military service in various branches / Bible college that would mean dorm living and private college tuition
  • Resources: Already mentioned financial limitations. But he would probably be eligible for Pell grants, et cetera
  • Talents / Abilities: Hunts with his Father / outdoorsman
  • Valid Christ-honoring outcomes / choices:
    • Join the Air Force (or another branch). MOS = military police
    • College: Community College / Bible College / "The U" all valid choices
A good book on the subject: Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View

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