When I Grow Up

Our aspirations for the future change over time. My desires and directions are getting more clear

If you had asked me when I was four years old, what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer could easily have been “either a preacher or dinosaur.” The career path wasn’t exactly clear to me at that point – but I grew up and became what I still am, a minister.

As I get older it’s not so much what I want to be, but what I don’t want to be as I finish out my time here. And I am positive I do not want to be any of the following:

  • I do not want to be just a ‘Sunday-go-to-meeting’ Christian. I want the full seven day a week variety of serving Jesus, that kind that kicks me out of bed with excitement every day with joy over the relationship with Him that I get to live and share.
  • I don’t want to be an incongruous Christian. I cling to a desperate desire for what I believe and know to be exactly what I say and do. I loathe hypocrisy and what it does to me and my message to others. I want to be real.
  • I don’t want to be a ‘scammed Christian.’ I refuse to respond to anything that would take me away from a pure, simple faith in Jesus… without ‘add ons’ or anything glittering and fake. Jesus made salvation to be easy and simple, with faith alone being the only addition.
  • I don’t want to be a lethargic Christian. I want Kingdom energy to be electrified in my life. No moon dancing backwards – full speed ahead, my head fully in the journey and opportunities taken to advance God’s Kingdom in any and every way.
  • I really don’t want to be a hard-hearted Christian. I desire a brokenness over everything that breaks my Father’s heart. I want an ‘easy to break’ sticker on my heart. I want tears to come easily and often over both joy and sorrowful parts of life.
  • I do not want to be a hopeless and disheartened Christian. I want hope with an extremely long shelf life. I want to take God’s promises and hang on to for as long as it takes. I want the joy of the Lord to make me a great addition to any party, chance meeting or appointment. I want to be rid of suspicion and constant skepticism. I dearly would love to possess the most glad and expectant heart people have ever encountered.

I really want to be like Jesus!

“Those who say they live in God should

live their lives as Jesus did.”

I John 2:6 NLT

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