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Who Do You Want To Be?

          The question is raised almost as much as a single person is asked, “When are you going to get married?” or a married couple is asked, “Do you want to have children?”  My 13-year-old son is often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I love waiting for his answer and anticipating what he might say. 

          Right now he wants to be a lawyer.  But that follows a few years of wanting to be a preacher like his Papaw, a rock-n-roll star, an NBA basketball player  or a FBI agent.  I personally think if he doesn’t settle on just one, there could be an interesting combination at work.

          Lately, I’ve been spending time with people who are on their second, third and fourth careers.  It seems sort of exciting that you can re-make yourself that many times.  So I started thinking…

          Who do I want to be if I ever grow up? 🙂

          What I finally came up with is a bucket list of character traits… rather than just a list of vacation trips I still want to take:

  • I want to be the person who listens, instead of the one who always talks
  • To be like the woman who doesn’t just think something good about someone, but actually takes the time to stop and tell them
  • Someone who smiles instead of frowns, because it’s just as easy to do one as the other
  • I want to fully recover from, and never return to, my “control-a-holic.” ways…because, given a chance or any encouragement at all, I will take the bull by the horns and run with it.  When God is in control, things run so much smoother.
  • I want to always remember that some of the wisest people I know don’t have college degrees, resumes or impressive bios
  • Give people the benefit of the doubt, because we all have issues, we all have baggage, we all have histories and not everyone has dug up the roots of their past
  • Be someone you can call on, count on and know I will be there if I can
  • A wife who lifts her husband up instead of finding ways to cut him down
  • A mother who adores her children and grandchildren
  • A daughter willing to tenderly take as much time for my parents as they did for me.
  • I want to pray for the needs of others more than I pray for myself
  • I want to live, love and laugh with all I’ve got!
  • I always want to remember that God has never let me down.  And, as long as I’m here, He still has a plan.

                            So if you don’t mind me asking…who do you still want to be?

 

“What we are is God’s gift to us.  What we become is our gift to God.”

Eleanor Powell

 

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Comments on: "Who Do You Want To Be?" (10)

  1. Kay Knight said:

    This ‘bucket list’ is going on my fridge. It’s a lot more to aspire to than all the items already on that bucket list. Inspiring, as always.

  2. I agree! That’s who I want to be when I grow up. Great post.

    • Herein lies the problem for us both, Deb, I suspect neither of us will every truly grow up. 🙂 But it’s got to be the going not the getting there that’s good, right? 🙂

  3. Rosie Wilson said:

    I love the bucket list and hope and pray that I can live by it.
    Thanks and God Bless,

  4. What an awesome post! I am so glad we don’t have to grow up just once! I’m in life change mode just now and suddenly want to be “when I grow up” the very thing I desired at the age of 4, then again at 10 years old.

    • It’s interesting you should say that Martha because I believe every little girl begins her journey wanting to be good and do what is right. Then life deals a hand and our reactlions are not always the way we dreamed. But thank God for unlimited chances, mercy, grace, forgiveness and the true joy of coming to him as that little chlld.

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