How do you want to be when you grow up?

“How do you want to be when you grow up?”

I was talking with a couple of high school seniors. They were asking some questions about resources. I like to have context for the recommendations I make. So I asked “How do you want to be when you grow up?”

They looked at me quizzically. “Can you tell me more?”

I could ask “What do you want to be?” But that’s an almost pointless question for a high school senior. Or for a mid-fifties executive pastor. As a high school student, I couldn’t have dreamed of my career steps, from IT to college teaching to pastoring.

When I asked them “how”, I was interested in the kind of souls they want. I’m interested in the kind of character they are pursuing. If they want to be compassionate and passionate, courageous and committed, intelligent and wise, I can make suggestions.

I don’t know what you will be in 10 years. Or in 7 weeks. I do know that we can take steps to consider how we will be. We can work on the habits that will help. We can make commitments to God and to others.

On this Ash Wednesday, as you consider the next 47 days til Easter, “How do you want to be?”


“Lent for Non-Lent People” is still available for the Kindle and for the Nook.

3 thoughts on “How do you want to be when you grow up?

  1. Joseph Ruiz (@SMSJOE)

    Profound question Jon it penetrates. I enjoyed the 12 ways refresher thanks for that. I am off to begin your Lent for non-lent readings thanks for these resources for this work I don’t mean work as in a chore as in a labor of love 🙂


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