What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed."—II Tim. 2:15

What boy or girl hasn't daydreamed about this question? What boy hasn't seen himself exploring some faraway ocean island, or zooming out into the sky in a spaceship, or leading a crew of men into unexplored territory?

What girl hasn't thought of herself years hence with a good job, or with a nice husband and several children, running her home as she thinks a home should be run?

There's nothing wrong with daydreaming about your future. As a matter of fact, there's something wrong when we don't. For out of dreams come real life. Only if we just dream and then dream some more without any kind of action is there harm. First must come dreams, wishes, thoughts, and plans—then a way of making all these come true.

What will you be when you grow up? More than you think, you will be what your dreams, plans, and hard work determine.

Just as important as your dreams, however, is the way you are living now, for these days of girlhood and boyhood are the foundation stones for tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and the years to follow.

The kind of body you are building through exercise and work will have much to do with what kind of body you will have when grown up—weak, strong or just average. Are you building a rugged, strong, healthy body? It can't be done while slouched down in an easy chair watching television programs.

What kind of mind are you building? Are you doing your schoolwork in school and at home as perfectly as you can each day, not quitting until your papers are neat, correct, and the best you can do? Believe it or not, the kind of job you do thirty years from now will be done in much the same manner you do your homework. For the habits we form as children are frequently the habits of later years too.

What kind of soul are you shaping now? Do you always think of yourself first, getting what you can for yourself first and letting others wait? Do you try to make peace instead of argument? Do you criticize others or help them? Do you think the world is mean to you, or do you look for ways to make the world a better place to live in? What kind of soul, or spirit, do you have now? The answer to this will tell you much about what kind of person you'll be ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.

God gives to his children the longest growing period of any of his creatures. We need all these years of childhood and youth to build lives that can be called great. Fine men and women do not just happen but come from many years of hard preparation.

Now in these years God gives you is the time to become the kind of man or woman you want to be. Each day is like a brick or stone placed in the house of your life. Is it well placed? Will it make your house stronger and more beautiful?

Use these years well. That is why God gives us so many, to become the kind of persons he wants us to be.

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