In confusion and frustration I prayed:

Dear God,

Sometimes I get so confused. Trying to figure out what I am supposed to do with my life is so hard. Every decision I make is questioned or second-guessed by someone. No matter what I do, someone comes up with a way that I could have done it different or better.

I have so many people telling me how to live my life. I have so many people looking at me and demanding that I act this way or that way. I have so many people telling me that they know what Your will is for my life. I have so many people who seem to be confident that they know what is best for me.

My friends seem to know what I am supposed to be. My parents seem sure that they know where God wants me to go, and what He wants me to do with my life. It seems like every time I turn around someone else is correcting me, exhorting me, criticizing me.

How can they all be so sure what is right for me? Where are they getting their information? What have I missed? Was there a secret message somewhere that I have missed?

Lord, tell me who I am supposed to be. Tell me the kind of person You want me to be. Lord, tell me what to do. Help me hear You above all the other voices. Help me know for sure what You want. Lord, what do You expect?

Then, in my confusion and frustration I came upon these words:

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8 NIV).

Tell me who I am supposed to be!
I pondered the words. Act justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God.

I can do that. I can live like that. If that is what my God wants, then I can please Him. I don't have to do all that other stuff that everyone else tells me I am supposed to do.

Then I prayed, "Lord, help me act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You."

He assured me, "I will."