Thursday, June 27, 2013

When I Grow Up…

My older daughter, years ago.
Have you ever noticed how hard it is deciding what you want to be when you grow up? Please, if you’re one who’s always known, don’t feel you have to tell me. At forty-mumble-something years old, I still think about what I want to be when I grow up. Oh, I know some things I’d like to do, but then I begin the second-guessing and then the doubt sets in. Next thing I know, a year has passed and I’m being slapped upside the head with a question that clears the glaze for a moment.

Sunday was one of those times. In Sunday School our teacher threw out a question and it’s been rattling around inside my head ever since.

The question?
If you had no restrictions (money, time, health, family issues, etc.), what would you like to accomplish for God?

Some of the ladies knew their answer without having to think about it. One lady would love to match resources with needs for a mission board or church ministries. Another wanted to be able to pray for and with people, and yet another wanted to rescue babies.

Same girl but not too long ago. ;-)
I wanted to slide under the table. There was no way I could admit to wanting to become a hermit who split her time between her comfy-cozy cave on a deserted island and the hammock in the palm tree—on the deserted island.

Too often I feel like I don’t even know what I want to be when I grow up, and knowing what I want to accomplish for God is tons bigger and far more important than that. What’s a girl to do? Hide in the willows and wail?

Okay, so that’s what I want to do, but it’s not the right answer.

So tell me... 

How do you figure out what you want to accomplish for God? 
What would YOU like to accomplish for God?

8 comments:

  1. Interesting thought. You know, as I've grown older, I try to concentrate on my relationship with God instead of the old way which was running around trying to do everything for Him. Now I take more time being with Him, enjoying the company, and out of that comes those little nudges in the right direction of what I need to do. Does that make sense?

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    1. Jennifer, thank you. I read your comment yesterday as I ran out the door, and I've mulled it over since. You are so right!! I've found this to be true in my own life too, it's just sometimes these big questions come up and I start the headless chicken dance, yanno?

      Thank you!!

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  2. Awesome post, Patty! I often wonder what I want to be when I grow up, too. Then it will hit me smack in the face... and I want to hide! *eye roll* Why can't we (and I mean me) just put our big girl britches on, stand up, and say, "Okay God, I'm ready!"? *wink*

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    1. Oh Shelley, I know what you mean! Sometimes I think I welcome everything that comes along the path that will give me an excuse to hesitate or procrastinate or spend time pondering. Sure, there's a time for those (well, not procrastinating, LoL), but there HAS to come a time to stand and say I'm ready, and then getting busy.

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  3. You always make me think Patty...and that's a good thing. I'll be 64 next month, and I'm still figuring things out. But, one important thing I have learned is that I have been different things at different stages of my life, because there have been different needs at different times. To be honest, I have loved the variety of it all. God bless your good work!

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    1. I've seen that, too, Audrey, and like you, I've enjoyed the variety and adventure. =] It makes me keep looking forward.

      It's so good to see you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I can really relate to Audrey's comment (we're the same age :)
    Honestly, I'm guilty of taking the path of least resistance. There have been so many times in my life that I've felt my calling was just to be available. I'm learning that God doesn't call us to do only the things that are easy - quite the contrary. This piece of marble needs to loosen up and let God lead and shape her into His plan. I need to be wiling to be frustrated, to feel inadequate (which, without Him, I am!) and even to hurt some. You do have a way of making us think, Patty, and in a good way. Thanks!

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    1. Oh Nancy, you are so not alone. The path of least resistance is my way too.

      I'm so thankful for God's grace! And I'm glad that He keeps working on us, molding us.

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