This past weekend, I listened to a radio broadcaster chat with a middle-schooler — asking the typical “What do you want to be when you grow up?” questions.
Where do you want to go to college?
What do you want to study?
What kind of engineer do you want to be? (This, after the kid finally said he thought — maybe — he’d study engineering.)
I don’t know how the kid being grilled felt, but I was frustrated. I wanted to tell Mr. Broadcaster to leave the still-discovering-who-he-was-kid alone. To let him be with not having all the answers.
Yes, in time, this young man will grow up. Pursue his dreams. Become who he is meant to be. That’s what life is about. But right now he’s still wondering. Still dreaming.
Sometimes it is okay to not know who you are.
And then there comes the season in life — brought on by a crisis or a celebration — when you stand up and embrace who you are. Strengths. Weaknesses. Dreams. Disappointments. All of it.
All of you.
And there’s an unquenchable joy in recognizing who you are for the first time.
In Your Words: When are you most you? And when did you first look in the mirror and recognize the “you” that God meant you to be?
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