Do you remember reading those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? The ones where, at various points in the story, you were presented with two or three options? "To follow the man into the cave, turn to page 43. To return to the village, turn to page 57."
It was a really cool concept that turned the story into a game. You start reading it, just enjoying the story for a while, then you got to dive in and make your own choices about what to do next.
These books are like your life. The only difference is, in your "Choose Your Own Adventure" story, God has given you the opportunity to co-author your story.
Every day in your real life, you are presented with choices. If you don't like any of those choices, you can create a new one. Sure, it may seem that your options are limited by money, lack of a vision for the future, our expectations of you, and a world that seems to have gone crazy among other things. But remember this...
YOU were uniquely designed
with imagination, intelligence, and abilities.
You have everything you need.
Your choices are part of the adventure of life.
And the really fun part is this...you aren't writing your story alone. God has given you the opportunity to co-author your life. Along with your friends and family, He gives you fresh choices and story prompts every day.
As you begin to understand the freedom you have in Christ to coauthor your life, obstacles become hurdles to leap over and closed doors are simply points that send your adventure in exciting new directions. Opportunities create new paths to explore. Every moment is a chance to make your next move and design your story and craft the adventures you want to live.
Ask yourself, who are the characters in your story, and what role or influence do they play in your life? Who do you spend your time with? How do you spend your time? What is your lifestyle? What do you do that brings you unlimited fulfillment in your life? What specifically has God called you to do?
It's your story. You get to help design it. And the sky is the limit.
Conversation starters to ask your child:
What are you feeling as you think about making career decisions for your future?
What difference would it make if you viewed these decisions as an adventure, something to explore, instead of a career decision you make for a lifetime?
If given the chance, what stories would you like to write into your book of life?