“What are you gonna do when you grow up?”
This question is foisted upon kids for years, increasingly as they get closer to graduation. Inevitably, this question is answered with a career of some sort.
This is how we’ve come to understand the question and we’ve told our kids that the whole point of education is so they can get a job. Kids are just potential moneymakers.
“When you’re on your deathbed no one ever wishes they spent more time at the office” is the cute bumper sticker we all agree with and few live by.
Leading our kids to believe that jobs and careers define them is a travesty of the first nature. Find me one verse in the Bible that says what you do as a job is what defines you and shapes your life.
Next time you’re talking to kids and ask this question, push them past the career answer, really ask them who they want to be when the grow up. Use it as an opportunity to talk about being like Christ.
OK, corny sermonizing now done.