When I Grow Up I Want to Be…

Were you ever asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? I was – many times. And, of course, the answer changed the older I became – fireman, policeman, farmer, accountant. I became the latter. Today, when people first meet you and are trying to get to know you better they often ask, “So, what do you do.” It seems that what we are planning to do or are doing for a living is suppose to be defining us somehow.

However, could I suggest that what you become is much more important that what you do for a living? Maybe what you are becoming is more important than what you are doing. You see, the question is really not whether you will be a doctor or a lawyer but what kind of doctor or lawyer you will be. What would a twenty-year-old Jesus have said if they asked Him, “What are you going to do when you grow up?” Maybe something like, “I’m going to turn the world upside down. I’m going to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors until people kill me.” Or what would Peter have said? “Well, I was going to be a fisherman, but then I met this dude, and he messed all that up.” Mother Teresa once said, “Do not worry about your career. Concern yourself with your vocation, and that is to be lovers of Jesus.”

So, my point: How are you defining yourself? What is it that gives you your sense of worth? What are you striving to be – not do? Because out of who you are – your personal identity – you will do the greatest good for others. Out of who you really are will flow the things that you do and the things that potentially can impact the world.

The issue here: You need to take the time to have a good look at yourself – inside, deep inside. And, be prepared, this can be painful as you may not like what you find the first time you are serious and go looking. In fact, it is guaranteed that you will not like what you see. But, as the Lord shows you who you are, who He wants you to be, and who you are in Him it does get better – much better. But first comes the hard work of being still and letting Him be God as He shows you the real you that He dreamed about, planned and created.

So, the question for the day: Who are you going to be when you grow up? You see, this really does determine what you are going to accomplish in life.

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