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Year of service? Grad school? Job?

Did God seem to tap you on the shoulder and say, I think you can do this year of service?

What do you think?

DISCERNMENT EXERCISE

1. Invite God to help your thinking and the movements of your heart.

2. Try to maintain an attitude of indifference, meaning you want to be willing to do whatever or go wherever God seems to be drawing you.

3. Do your homework. Get adequate information on all the options that draw you.

4. Pray daily and ask God to lead you and to help you be able to say in the depths of your being, “May Your will

be done in me.”

5. Be alert to little “nudges,” little things that cause you to think of one option over another.

6. Journal these “nudges” – write them down.

7. Take a few minutes each evening to look back over your day and reflect on these “nudges.” Raise your level

of awareness.

8. Continue praying, asking God’s guidance and help to keep you open to the movements of His Spirit. Set aside

an hour.

9. Where do you feel most drawn?

10. Take a deep breath and start writing out on a piece of paper all the reasons why you should pursue whatever

it is that draws you the most.

11. Don’t pore over or question what you write, just write down all your reasons.

12. Take a second piece of paper and make a separate list of all the reasons why you should not do what you

feel draws you the most. Don’t censor your ideas, just write.

13. When finished, pause, stand up, walk around, come back and review what you have written.

14. If your reasons “for” convince you that this is your best choice, thank God and take your next step toward

that choice.

15. If your reasons “not to” are more convincing, begin the process all over and move onto your next alternative.

 
 

Year of service? Grad school? Job?

Did God seem to tap you on the shoulder and say, I think you can do this year of service?

What do you think?

When you have reached a point where you believe you have sufficient information about your options — job, volunteer service, or grad school, and you have read your materials, you are ready to begin your discernment.

How do I know what to do NEXT YEAR?

Coincidences may oftentimes more correctly be called “Providences.


Discernment Exercise

1. Invite God to help your thinking and the movements of your heart.

2. Try to maintain an attitude of indifference, meaning you want to be willing to do whatever or go wherever God seems to be drawing you.

3. Do your homework. Get adequate information on all the options that draw you.

4. Pray daily and ask God to lead you and to help you be able to say in the depths of your being, “May Your will

be done in me.”

5. Be alert to little “nudges,” little things that cause you to think of one option over another.

6. Journal these “nudges” – write them down.

7. Take a few minutes each evening to look back over your day and reflect on these “nudges.” Raise your level

of awareness.

8. Continue praying, asking God’s guidance and help to keep you open to the movements of His Spirit. Set aside

an hour.

9. Where do you feel most drawn?

10. Take a deep breath and start writing out on a piece of paper all the reasons why you should pursue whatever

it is that draws you the most.

11. Don’t pore over or question what you write, just write down all your reasons.

12. Take a second piece of paper and make a separate list of all the reasons why you should not do what you

feel draws you the most. Don’t censor your ideas, just write.

13. When finished, pause, stand up, walk around, come back and review what you have written.

14. If your reasons “for” convince you that this is your best choice, thank God and take your next step toward

that choice.

15. If your reasons “not to” are more convincing, begin the process all over and move onto your next alternative.