Was ist Gottes Wille für mein Leben? (1)

Wir Zwanziger und Dreissiger sind eine Generation von zögernden, zaudernden Multioptions-Surfern (eine unmögliche Konstruktion, ich weiss). So beschreibt DeYoung unsere Generation – wie ich finde, sehr treffsicher:

We are seeing a generation of young people grow up (sort of) tinker with doctrines, tinker with churches, tinker with girlfriends and boyfriends, tinker with college majors, tinker living in and out of their parents' basement, and tinker with spiritual practices no matter how irreconcilable or divergent.

Das zeige sich z. B. daran, dass nur mehr ein Drittel der amerikanischen Männer mit 30 wirklich erwachsen geworden sind, sprich, beendete Ausbildung, finanzielle Unabhängigkeit, Heirat und Kind! (Bei uns in Westeuropa ist es ähnlich.)

As a result, we are full of passivity and empty on follow-through. We're tinkering around with everyone and everything. Instead, when it comes to our future, we should take some responsibility, make a decision, and just do something.

Als ein Hauptgrund, Gottes Wille für die Lebensrichtung zu suchen, ortet deYoung im Suchen nach perfekter Erfüllung des Lebens:

Many of us have had it so good that we heve started looking for heaven on earth. We have lost any sort of pilgrim attitude. (…) When we marry, we expect great sex, an amazing family life, recreational adventure, cultural experiences, and personal fulfillment at work.

Darum sei die intensive Beschäftigung mit dem Willen Gottes ein westliches Mittelklasse-Phänomen der letzten fünfzig Jahre.

They are forced to navigate between competing interests: making money and making a difference, challenging their minds and channeling their creativity, focusing on a career and leaving time for a family, settling down now and traveling abroad for a while, starting a career and trying another internship, living in a bustling city and resting in a pastoral location, going to work right away and going on for more schooling.

Hat Gott einen geheimen Plan für unsere Lebensrichtung? Nein, aber…

Does God have a secret will of direction that He expects us to figure out before we do anything? And the answer is no. Yes, God has a specific plan for our lives. And yes, we can be assured that He works things for our good in Christ Jesus. And yes, looking back we will often be able to trace God's hand in bringing us to where we are. But while we are free to ask God for widom, He does not burden us with the task of divining His will of direction for our lives ahead of time.

Daher die eindringliche Warnung: Dieses vermeintliche fromme "Warten" ist schädlich.

Waiting for God's will of direction is a mess. It is bad for your life, harmful to your sanctification, and allows too many Christinas to be passive tinkerers who strangely feel more spiritual the less they actually do.

Aus: Kevin DeYoung. Just Do Something. Moody Publishers: Chicago 2009. (deutsche Ausgabe)