What Should I Do Next?

I heard somewhere that baby boomers retire at a rate of 10,000 a year. Hey! I want to be in that number, but for now, what should I do next?” Where else can I go for the answer but to the masters?

When I met Michael Phillips and his wife, Judy, by a serendipitous accident on a trip to Cullen, Scotland, they invited us to tea at The Retreat. I asked them once, “What should I do next?” and the answer came as a shocker:


“I have no idea! That is between you and God.”

Amazed, I acknowledged the wisdom and self control it takes to give that answer. So to seek God, where should I start?

My pastor, James MacDonald, recently gave this answer from Matthew 22:

Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.

Still doesn’t answer my question. C.S.Lewis would not have me stand scratching my head:

“Every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision.”

George MacDonald would have me do the hardest thing yet, from Unspoken Sermons:

“…wait in quietness until light goes up in thy darkness. Fold the arms of thy Faith I say, but not of thy Action: bethink thee of something that thou oughtest to do, and go and do it, if it be but the sweeping of a room, or the preparing of a meal, or a visit to a friend. Heed not thy feelings: Do thy work.”


And MacDonald assures the result will drive out doubt and indecision. This quote from Malcolm hangs over my desk for my times of fear:

“The very first step towards action is the death warrant of doubt.”

For now? Step onto the road.

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