My parents were pretty typical regarding wanting the best for me. They gave me all of the old cliché advice / wisdom: There’s no free lunch out there, young man. No one is going to hand you anything in this life. Stay in school. Don’t do drugs. Hard work is its own reward. You know….stuff like that. But one of the biggest lies they ever told me is the same whopper I hear a lot of modern parents and educators telling children presently. “You can be anything you want to be in life”. Really? You’re kidding, right? The Greek word for that is “bologna”. Let me explain.
I’m 6’ 3” and 230 pounds. What this means is I’m too big to be a horse racing jockey and I’m too short to be a center in the NBA. “Well, Pastor T. That’s not what your parents meant.” Uh, yes it is. It’s what they meant. And it’s what they said. And they were just plain wrong. The truth is I can’t be anything I want to be. But then a light comes on and a smile comes upon my face.
I may not be able to be anything I want to be. But I can be everything God wants me to be! And I should strive toward that. How can someone realize their full potential in Christ? Great question. Here are some action-points:
- “Make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter 1:10). Are you following Christ? If not, why not?
- “Do not forsake assembling with other believers” (Hebrews 10:25) Are you faithfully participating in the life and ministry of a local church? If not, why not?
- discover your “unique to you” spiritual gifts (link on this web site). Then plug-in to a servant ministry outlet through your local church.
- share your faith (Phil 1:6). According to this verse, our knowledge of all we are and have in Christ is incomplete until we share our faith (evangelize, tell the good news).
- pursue a career that enables you to invest your uniqueness and your passion. God made work. Everything God made is good. Therefore, work is good.
You can’t be anything you want to be. But you can be everything God wants you to be. Trust His heart. He wants the very best for you, Christ-follower. Soli Deo gloria (to the glory of God alone)!