There comes a time in childhood when we are approached by the infamous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answers from me always varied. There were times I wanted to be a veterinarian, FBI Agent, flight attendant, actress, etc. Although we can laugh back at the times we were asked this question and smile at the answers we hear from children, there comes a time where we realize that it is no longer a silly question we can give a quick answer to, but rather a question that we must strive to answer.
Today starts my second week of my full-time position as the Church & Community Ministry Director for the Peninsula Baptist Association (PBA). I cannot give myself credit by saying that as I was growing up I said to myself, “I want to be a Church & Community Ministry Director”. However, I am in a position where I can say 100% that this is where God has called me and this is where God has revealed the answer to the infamous question in my life.
Many times society makes us feel a sense of urgency and a sense of insecurity of what we should do when we grow up. Therefore, even as Christians, we get trapped in the implications and the standards that are put on us as humans living in this world. Unfortunately, this causes us to question God’s existence in revealing our calling. We end up putting our trust and faith in the world’s standards, rather than in God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Becoming full time at the PBA was not a quick and easy journey, but it was one that God was guiding me through and walking with me every step of the way.
Following God’s plan and calling on your life may not be an easy route, but I can guarantee it is easier, better, and more rewarding to rely on God, then to rely on the standards and expectations of the world. God has wired me and gifted me with a very specific skill set, one that makes me unique. Therefore, I am excited that I can utilize my gifts, talents, and skills to glorify God in the way I have been wired. Church and Community Ministry Director for the PBA will be a journey of utilizing what God has given me, to ultimately grow the Kingdom of Christ. I look forward to walking through this journey with God guiding me and with you all walking alongside me. Therefore, my questions for you are: what are you wired by God to do? What do you want to be when you grow up? Is it by the standard of the world? Or, is it through your faith in Christ?