What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

A while back, after a particularly long stretch of frustration with my current circumstances, I wrote in my journal a series of questions.

“Who am I, Lord? What is it that I’m supposed to be doing at this stage in my life? Am I really making a contribution to Your kingdom?” I almost felt like I was asking God what I was supposed to be when I grow up.

I didn’t get any answers that day. But a few days later, as I shared this desire for direction with a friend, she confessed that she’d felt the same way. She’d gotten a clear answer from God which I believe was also His answer for me.

She said she believed God had told her that what she was supposed to be was… available. Be available.

We won’t all be called to be preachers, or writers, or doctors. We won’t all find a niche that we will remain in for our entire lives. As we grow, we change. And as we change, God may change what he wants us to do for His kingdom.

As I look ahead to a new year, I won’t be making New Year’s resolutions. My desire is to just be available. God knows exactly what he wants from me during the coming year.

At Christmas time, it’s appropriate to consider the idea of making myself available. After all, the reason we have any hope at all is because Jesus made Himself available to His Father’s will and became a child who would bring hope to the world.

Consider giving Him a gift this year. Make yourself available.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”Matthew 5:14-15