God’s Will

by gary-foote on September 10, 2011

One of the questions I am often asked by others in youth ministry when I speak at Catholic youth conferences, parish retreats, and Catholic school assemblies is, “What is God’s will for me?” Years ago I would respond by saying, “I really can’t help you with that. I’ll pray for you.” As time went on and I matured some, I started directing people towards some of the spiritual giants of discernment in the Catholic Church. We are blessed with people like St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Therese of Lisieux, who offer deep insights into discerning the daily decisions that face us. Although I have often turned to the wisdom of these beautiful Saints who have gone before us living out holy lives, I have learned something even more important about God’s will. Do you really want to know God’s will? Well, I can tell you… It’s…. Well, simply put…. (Has the suspense built up enough yet???)…

God’s will is this: “For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day” John 6:40.

When push comes to shove, God’s will is for us to be in an eternal relationship with Him. Yes, there are daily decisions that we need good discernment on in order to choose God and avoid evil, but the ultimate desire and will of God is to be in an intimate relationship with us. I can at times find myself getting worked up on “over discerning” things and forget that the fundamental question really is, “Will this lead me towards God or away from God?” That’s it. We cannot over analyze things or we can really get confused, and our own discernment can possibly lead us away from God. So my prayer for us all is that we never lose focus of what is most important in life: God’s desire for us and our opportunity to respond to that desire (positively or negatively).  God bless you in all that you do!

In Christ,

Gary Foote


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