“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Your answer to that question has probably changed over the years. I know mine has. I remember when my kids were little, Audra and I brought them to the circus. After it was over, my son made the announcement, “When I grow up, I’m gonna be a peanut seller!” Apparently, the guy selling peanuts that night made a huge impression on him.
When my daughter was little, I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, and she said she wanted to be a princess and marry Aladdin. She was little and she had big dreams.
Today, my son no longer wants to sell peanuts at the circus and my daughter no longer wants to be a princess. Their “dreams” have changed over the years, and I’m sure your dreams have changed as well. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Maybe you’d say, “I want to be successful, or happy, or popular, or rich.” Maybe you’d answer that and say, “I want to be a good mom or a good dad” or “I want to be well-liked or remembered.” We all have dreams when it comes to the person we hope to become.
But let me tell you, as followers of Jesus, there needs to be a point in our spiritual journey where instead of constantly asking, “What do I WANT to be?” We need to begin asking the question, “Who does GOD WANT me to be?” That is a different kind of question.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
As you follow Christ, make sure you are placing your priority on who God wants you to be over who you want to be. His ways are different from ours, but He always knows best.