What do you want to be when you grow up?
We live our lives with the expectations of the next chapter, the next phase and what the steps will be to reach the next goal. From a young age, we are asked what we want to be when we grow up. It has become ingrained in us to strive to achieve success by completing the steps towards the next goal or phase in our life that we set.
Growing up my dream was to be a talk show host. I wanted to be the next Oprah, my show would be called, “Talk Time with Liz.” I even had a sign above my bed that said, “Future Talk Show Host Sleeps Here.”
That all changed my senior year in high school when my heart turned to ministry with the desire to spread God’s word. College came and my mind changed again and again and again.
Recently, I was asked how my plans will change once my daughter starts kinder.
- Will I go back to work full time?
- Do I want to start coaching?
- What will I do with all my “free time?”
I started to stress over these questions and not knowing what’s next or even the next step to take.
God gently pointed out to me that sometimes we are meant to live in the here and now. He has our paths under control and wants us to surrender to him so he can show us the next step to take towards the goal he has for us.
“In all your ways, submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
If you ask me today, at age thirty-three, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” I still don’t know. I barely know what step God wants me to take tomorrow. I do know God wants me to do something with Faith, Family, and Fitness, but I truly don’t know the “What.”
However, what happens when the word “What” changes to “Who:”
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
- A woman of God – Bold and Fearless
- The mom and wife God created me to be
- Submissive to God
“Let’s allow God do HIS job of making our paths straight!”
When the focus is changed to who we want to become, we can fix our eyes on Jesus and let God do his job of directing our steps.
He wants us to leave it up to HIM to determine our future. Every time I have tried to plan out my life, God has always shown me that HIS plans are far better than my own.
Instead of “Talk Time with Liz,” maybe it should have been “Writing with Liz.”
- Who do you want to be when you grow up?
- How do you feel pressured to determine where you will be in the future?
- How do you try to play God in your life instead of surrendering to him?