This week at my church is Camp Discovery! Camp Discovery is a VBS in the style of a day camp. This year we are learning that we were created by God and built for a purpose! We are on day three and this morning I heard a story that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about….
Yesterday the Camp Director was sitting with a Jr. leader and a group of girls discussing what they wanted to “be” when they grow up. As they went around the circle one of the girls responded, “I want to be what God wants me to be.” The Jr. leader quickly and quietly turned to the Camp Director and responded, “Don’t they know that they are already who God wants them to be?”
From the mouths of babes.
We often ask the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We talk about becoming doctors and lawyers and movie stars and what it takes to be that when we are older. It shouldn’t suprise us then that we find our identity in what we do and if we do it well. I see whole generations struggling to find out WHO WE ARE as the reality hit us that our jobs and careers aren’t what we thought they would be. We don’t know who we are because what we do is so scattered, sporadic and doesn’t always seem to make an impact.
The truth though is that what we do is not who we are.
I wonder if maybe we should change the question from what do we want to be to what do we want to do? I wonder if maybe we should focus on an identity, a being that is secure in being LOVED by God, CREATED by God… and then dream into the purposes and doing that He has for us?
What do you want to DO when you grow up as you ARE loved by God?