What do you want to be when you grow up?

September 19th, 2015

One of the questions I remember being asked consistently as a young child was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It started in grade one at school and continued on through primary school.

As you can imagine most of the kids “knew” that they wanted to be firemen, policemen, mechanics, soldiers, doctors, nurses, ballet dancers, sportsmen and/or race car drivers.

When I was asked I never knew. I would always just chose what one of my friends said that sounded good. The funny thing is that my major job of my work life so far was not even invented when I was a kid – a webmaster and website designer.

In thinking about this big question we ask kids when they are young I think it would be better to re-frame it in a number of ways…

  • What are you good at doing?
  • What do you feel most happy doing?
  • What do you think God made you to do?
  • What comes naturally to you?
  • What do you do that feels like you are helping others?

Of course you would not be asking kids these things when they are five years old, you would ask them a bit later and weave them into the ongoing conversation.

Rather than setting them up to masters of their own destiny and deciding for themselves, I think we need to introduce the idea of being made by God for a purpose. We need to teach our kids to look to God and seek His purpose for them.

Thinking back to when I was first asked the question it would be funny to answer then with what I know now – a webmaster and website designer teacher. Or what I currently do – a part time hospital purchasing officer and a lay preacher! Both of those answers would have interesting to share with my teacher and classmates!

So rather than asking “What do want to be when they grow up?” Maybe we could ask “What do you think God wants you to be when you grow up?”

God Bless,

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