The Indecisiveness of Children

Have you ever asked a small child what they want to be when they grow up? If not, you should try it sometime. I asked my 5 year old daughter that question and over the course of a few hours she changed professions at least 4 times. She started with a doctor. Not just any doctor mind you but, “a doctor that goes to people’s houses.” I suddenly felt secure in the fact that when the time comes, I’d get to go to the finest nursing home around. A few minutes later she decided maybe fashion design was her calling. She “designed” about 30 dresses over the course of the next hour. As the day progressed we went through many possible career choices including mechanic, veterinarian, and forest pathologist. Fine, she didn’t say the words, “Forest pathologist,” but let’s all, for the sake of continuing the conversation, accept that my daughter is a tiny genius and that’s what “tree doctor” means and move on.

This series of conversations got me thinking, life isn’t about what we want to be “when we grow up.” I bet you if I asked my daughter that questions today she’d have four or five more answers and they’d all be different than last time. Rilee isn’t motivated by what job makes the most money or which has the highest status attached. She is motivated by what’s happening around her and the felt needs that motivate her to action. I’m not saying that we should be flippant in our careers or what causes we get involved in. However, I do believe that if we look beyond money or status and dig deep into the things that get us excited we’ll find the answer somewhere in there. We are created with a purpose and a calling. Wouldn’t it be a shame if we missed it pursuing things that weren’t all that important? The good news is, it’s never too late. What isn’t happening in your circle of influence because you aren’t doing it? And what’s standing in your way of going after it? Dig up the tools from your past, dust them off, and get moving towards all you are called to!

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