I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.Â It’s a mystery.Â As a child and teen I went through phases of wanting to be a pilot, an Olympic equestrian, and the President (not necessarily in that order).Â Â None of those panned out.
I can’t say I’m sad that none of those career paths worked out for me.Â (Well, maybe a little bit about the equestrian business.) I never wanted to be a teacher, but I’m glad I was one.
My brother once commented that many of today’s jobs didn’t exist when we were in school.Â It’s true.Â A decade ago there was no TCK Coordinator position at WorldVenture.Â I couldn’t have set my sights on it if I wanted to when I was in college.Â I’m certain many jobs that will exist ten years from now have hardly been dreamed of today.
“What am I going to be when I grow up?” really points to a deeper question—
“What is my purpose?”Â It’s a question I’ve stressed over at times.Â Certainly earning money to pay bills and provide entertainment is a good thing, but it’s not everything.Â Knowing my purpose goes far beyond that.
It’s not a new question.Â The Westminster Shorter Catechism tells us the chief goal of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.Â John Piper changed up the answer a little by stating man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.Â Yes, there’s a distinction, but I think they’re both good goals.
I think the best answer to the question “What’s my purpose?” comes straight from God.Â In Micah 6:8 we’re told ” . . . to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”Â What a powerful verse!
It doesn’t matter if I’m a pipe fitter or a president, a trapeze artist or a teacher, a professional student or a professional wrestler.Â My purpose is simple to state—act justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God.Â Walking that talk takes a lot more effort and intentionality.
When I’m faced with questions that drift towards the existential, this is a good check.Â Are my actions ones that promote justice?Â Do I want the underdog to shed that title?Â Do I not just accept mercy, but do I extend it?Â Is justice balanced with mercy?Â Most importantly do I walk humbly with God?Â Do I remember he’s God and I’m not?Â Am I intentional about spending time with him and listening to him?Â Does it show in all the areas of my life?
I still don’t know exactly what I’m going to do when I grow up, but I know what my purpose is.
photo courtesy of Patrick Bouquet
(I’m participating in Faith Barista’s Faith Jam.Â Every week she’s asking other bloggers to “jam like musicians” on a faith related topic.Â Today’s post is my riff on “God’s Purpose for Me.” Â If you’re interested in the notes others added to this Faith Jam, go check out her site and follow the links.)