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The Difference Between “What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?” and “What Do You Want to Do With Your Life?”


    What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question you’ve probably answered hundreds of times. For some people at this point, you’re about done growing, and it’s time to put your lifelong dreams into a plan of action. There are a few different ways to perceive this journey. You might have your sights set on what you want to be. Maybe you could answer that question a little easier if you decide who you want to be like.

    We live in a society where it seems like a lot is expected from us at a young age. Taylor Swift was 16 years old at the time of her first albums release, so where were you / will you be when you’re 16 years old? Hearing this can create guilt in the mindset of some people. It can push you into making a decision based off of someone else’s success and lead you away from the true purpose you set out to pursue something. This then becomes your temporary created purpose. So, instead of hand-crafting platforms for yourself and following failing idols, think about where you want to end up.

    When considering where you want to end up, it starts to matter less and less where you pursue your dream and more and more about where Jesus fits into it. Think about the difference between choosing a career out of guilt, and choosing a career out of wanting to do something you love while loving people like Jesus loves people.

    This week, I challenge you to think about two things to help you get a better understanding of your purpose: where do you want to end up, and who do you want to end up like? How you answer these questions will show you your goals. What do they look like? Through this, remember that you could have it all, but still not have it all together.

Author: Myah Brown