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What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?


“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We all remember that question, don’t we? As a small child, we were asked this question numerous times during our childhood. It seemed like that was the only interest that the “grown ups” had in us….what we wanted to be when we grew up. Some of us wanted to be doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, teachers, dancers, rock stars, astronauts, and ballerinas. Sometimes, we might have just wanted to be like our parents, and then again maybe the opposite of our parents. Whatever answer we had to that famous question, we had an answer and we believed in our answer. I can remember always wanting to be a teacher, because well, my mom was a teacher. I remember my brother wanting to be a “preacher astronaut.” (Yes, he had that dream for a long time.) We thought that his dream was humorous, and often asked him whether or not he would be preaching to aliens. You know what though? With all of our teasing and making light of his dream, he never waivered from it (well, until he grew up. He’s in the navy now.)

Sometimes though we didn’t have an answer to that question. Sometimes our answer was simply, “I don’t know.” The sad thing about that answer is that, if we aren’t careful that can remain our answer. I know people who still don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.  I am not trying to make anyone feel bad about themselves if they are still trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. I do want to assure everyone though, that God’s word already tells us the answer. God tells us who we are, and what we are. Listen to this, “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” (Ephesians 2:10 NRSV) WOW! We are what GOD has made us! We have purpose and meaning! We have been created in Christ Jesus to do good works! How is that for an answer to, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Imagine if we all clung to that verse and claimed it in our lives! There would be no stopping us. Imagine if we started now instilling this in our children, so that when they are asked what they want to be when they grow up, they can be assured that no matter their answer they know that they are WHAT GOD HAS MADE THEM! Imagine the confidence boost!

This excites me! To know that no matter if I am still pursuing a career, or already in a career, I AM WHAT GOD HAS MADE ME! There is no difference if I am a teacher, lawyer, preacher, stay-at-home-mom, or a student, because in any of those ideas I am what GOD HAS MADE ME! How awesome is that? YOU ARE WHAT GOD HAS MADE YOU! YOU ARE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS to DO GOOD WORKS! You have purpose & meaning!

My challenge to everyone (and myself) is that we begin instilling this in our kids. We need to start claiming this in our lives, and speaking it into other people’s lives. We need to encourage each other in life by affirming God’s promise in our lives. Imagine how different the world would be, how different you would be, if we just believed this! My friend, YOU ARE WHAT GOD HAS MADE YOU! YOU WERE CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS! YOU HAVE PURPOSE AND MEANING!

Merry Christmas!

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  1. You are on the money! God has made us to do good works. I recommend to all of your readers to go to Matthew 25:35-40. Jesus not only came for our salvation, but also to be the example of how we are to love one another. At this time of year, and all year long, its important to remember the cold, the hungry, the lonely. We are to go out of our way to love people. Not to just say we love them, but to show them by helping to ease their burdens. This is an awesome tribute to our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are who he made us, to serve his purposes, which centers around caring for his people.

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