Group of students worshiping and praying at Urbana

One of the most decisive questions any person can ask is “What does God want me to do?” But not necessarily for the reason you might think.

When we ask this, we almost immediately (and naturally) put the emphasis on “do.” This frames the question and its expected answer in terms of action, direction, motion — something concrete and visible. This isn’t wrong or bad; in fact, it’s quite valuable. We are embodied creatures, stewards of God’s creation and his redemptive work in the physical world. To fully be Jesus’ disciples, we must “do” God’s will in actual, real-life steps of obedience (Jas 2:17). Moreover, questions of doing are almost always the most vexing ones for us, the ones that snare us in the deepest tangles and knots of our lives.

At the same time, this subtle emphasis in the question obscures another key word, one that’s just as crucial for the shape of our lives as disciples: “want.”

By Jason Gaboury

Since your first awareness of God’s presence in your life, you’ve had a story worth telling.

By Bridget Gee

Now I often find myself hunched over my phone in line at the grocery store or sitting in my car checking TikTok for some fresh hits of dopamine before I set out on my way. It’s like I’d rather have something take up the space in my mind than be alone with the quiet of my own thoughts anymore.

By Drew Larson

But the phenomenon of highway hypnosis reveals that there are many, many ways in which you are not the boss. You are so not the boss of you, in fact, that your conscious mind can take a full daydream holiday while you’re driving and some other part of you will manage that unbelievably complex task quite well.

By Nathan Peterson

Zelma had some joyful and some traumatic childhood moments. She was baptized as a kid, but turned away from God as she grew up. When she attended College of the Muscogee Nation, she struggled with nightmares, sleeping, and drinking. But eventually, she accepted Jesus transferred schools, and stumbled upon the InterVarsity chapter, making friends, reading Scripture, praying, and having her many questions answered. By the next year, she was leading a Bible study.

By Steve Tamayo

Healthy accountability friendships give us space for self-discovery and for deep and genuine friendships. This leads to less anxiety, higher performance at work and school, and spiritual transformation.

By Hannah Keziah Agustin

Even on the other side of the world, I feel as though I’m brought back home by the different iterations of hospitality — from my family, my friends, and my Filipino heritage — and how all of them flow from the hospitable God who has welcomed us all to partake in his kingdom.

By Eva Liu Glick

When we build cross-cultural relationships and live life with a diversity of people, we see other angles and pieces of the puzzle; we experience the fullness of life as God intended.   

By Steve Tamayo

My first encounter with racial reconciliation occurred at Duke University. Black students coordinated a sit-in at the administrative building to encourage dialogue around racial issues on campus.

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