Discernment questions.

I’m helping some people think about jobs and careers and life. That’s hard for some of us. We don’t know what we want to be when we grow up. We can’t exactly tell you what we’ve always dreamed of doing. (And I’ll tell you why I think that is in the comments in a day or two).

So I sent one of them this worksheet. I tried to move from big, “I want to change the whole world” kinds of questions to smaller, specific kinds of questions. I liked it so much I decided to send it to you.


Forget job categories for a little bit. Think about the things that you like/love to do. Just make a list.

I love helping _________ think more clearly about _______
I love doing the _____ part of _______ kind of events. I don’t like doing the _______ part of those events. And I don’t like _______ events at all.
I like to help ________________ (kind of person) by doing ______________
I love when I’m given ___________ and can fill in __________
I learn best when I can _______________
I love baking cookies because _________________________
I know that I have mixed motives about _______ but ____% of my motive is pure.
I have no idea where I will be in 5 years, but part of the uncertainty is because I really want to ________________, but that’s not up to me and I would be thrilled if God would let me _________________, but I’m not sure.
The moments at college/current job/volunteering that I have loved most have been when __________________ and _______________ and ______________.
I am best as part of a team where I get to _________________ and someone else is _____________________ and a couple other people are _____________________________.
You actually have to fill this in and share it with someone who helping you think. First things that come to mind. Relax. Now write. 

One thought on “Discernment questions.

  1. Brenda @ MyMidlifeProject

    This looks great! Very timely… I am currently in a Disciple bible study, and we are supposed to discern each other’s spiritual gifts during a retreat next month. I’m fairly aware of my own, but others seem to have no idea where to start. Thanks for sharing this, Jon!


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