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May 2010 - What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?
I’m going to visit an old friend from Point University later today. That’s where I graduated from college, yes, it is true. I did really graduate, or paid them off.
Just thinking about hanging out with an old college friend brings back old memories of my college experience. One of the things that I was thinking about this week was the paper I wrote in a freshman class called Intro to Christian Ministry. I remember we had to write what we would like to be doing in the ministry so many years down the road. I can’t remember if it was five years, 10 years or 20. I wrote that paper back in 1983. Yes, I know you weren’t born then.
As I pulled this memory out of my cobweb-filled mind, I remembered writing that one day I hoped to be the preacher or pastor of a large church. I wrote that I would like to preach and see people come to the Lord and give their lives away to the better life of following Him. I still have some time, right? I can still be a preacher or pastor somewhere, right?
I don’t know if the Lord will allow me to be a preacher or pastor in a small, medium, or large church, and I have to say it doesn’t matter to me so much, because I like kids. I enjoy being wacky with teenagers still and showing off my dance moves in the carpool, and I would rather hang out with a college kid or young adult and just see what they think about Jesus, or challenge their socks off to serve others in some way, or cause them to dream some impossible and improbable dream in life. I guess I’m not going to grow up.
I don’t know what you might be when you grow up, but if you get blessed and get to work with young people of any age, then you too might still feel a little young at 46 and 10 months. You might even dance in the carpool to a crazy Spanish song while the video cam is recording. You might chase four-year-old kids around a preschool making lion roars. You might laugh more than you do anything else. That my friends, is life! Maybe even that life Jesus talks about in John 10:10 – full life, abundant life.
by Tony Crumbley '87