Today I have been thinking about what people’s lives are compared to what they wanted it to be as children.
When we are kids, we are always asked that question. What do you want to be when you grow up? If you listen to children, you will usually hear things like cowboy, astronaut, doctor, sports athlete, or fireman. Those are all wonderful career choices. As children grow, however, those choices change. Our likes and dislikes, as well as our aptitude in different skills dictate what we eventually do when we grow. Even more than that, are the life circumstances during our early years that often decide what we eventually choose to do with our lives.
But the most important decision maker in my mind is God’s plan for our life, combined with our free will to choose or not choose that plan.
I started out wanting to be a professional baseball player. I was an avid fan as a child. I couldn’t wait to get home from school so I could grab my glove and ball and go outside to play. I knew all of the stats for my favorite players. Being a Yankee fan, I knew every player on the team, the lineup, pitching rotation, and pretty much everything else that mattered about the team. I just knew that eventually, I would be a Yankee too.
But life changed.
As I grew older, I realized that my skill level just wasn’t there. Sure I could keep up with my team members in the league I played in. And I was generally better than the average neighborhood kid. But once I got to high school, I realized that my dreams of playing in the big leagues was just that – a dream.
So my interests changed. They changed several times. Eventually I ended up in my current career. It is a career I absolutely love. I am one of those people that love what they do. I enjoy working. And I believe it was God’s plan that I end up doing what I do. I believe that throughout my life, he was shaping me, molding me, and making me into the man I am today.
But what about those people in the world that have fallen?
What about my little one’s mom? I cannot imagine that when she was young, she wanted to grow up and have her children turned over to the state. I am sure that as an innocent child, she wanted for herself a wonderful life, a wonderful upbringing, a wonderful career. I am also convinced that God also wanted that for her. I am even more convinced that God’s love has not changed, and that He continues to want that for her.
So today I wonder if it is God’s plan all along for some to fall? Did God want my little one to be taken from her mom all along? No I don’t believe so. I believe God want us to bear children, then protect them and keep them safe, raising them to honor Him. I think it is our free will and the human race’s fall from grace that causes us to do things that do not honor Him. We live in a fallen world, a world that contain great good, and also great evil. Because of the grace of God, my wife and I went one way, and my little one’s bio family another.
As our little one grows into a woman, I pray that her dream about what she wants to do when she grows up, combined with her free will, and God’s plan for her life, results in a positive and enriching life that honors God always.
What did you want to do when you grew up?
What are you doing now?