What did you dream of when you were a child?
What did you want to be or do when you grew up?
Are you doing it now?
What did you think your life would be like when you got to be the age you are now?
I have to admit that a lot of my thoughts were pretty short term. When I was in high school, I went to school, worked, studied, did chores (most of the time - very grudgingly), went to bed and started all over the next day. I did hang out with my friends on the weekend and my best friend and I often had sleep overs at her house or mine. In college - I worked full time, went to school full time and still had plenty of time to do other "college aged kid" things. (We won't go any further with that part of the story!)
I wanted to finish college and get my degree - but what did I want to do once I got that degree in hand? Good question! Now - I'm not really sure.
This all started with a conversation I had with a woman that had come into sign up for benefits today. She was not able to start to work when school started back because she was working another job for the summer. I asked her about the job and she told me she had been working at the state park that is in our area. I have always wanted to work out there but things never worked out right. Listening to her describe her experiences was such a treat but also a bit depressing. I am at the stage in life where I should be settled, but instead find myself very unsettled and wistful. At that time in my life, the degree was the end of the line, instead of being the beginning. Hopefully this time will pass and the Lord will show me how to be content with where I am.(Reminds me of a joke a pastor told me a long time ago - we'll deal with that later!) This seems to be one of the challenges in my life - this thing about being content. I don't necessarily want things or have a need to keep up with someone else. I think my challenge is being content with what God has for me to do right now.
If you feel so inclined - I would love to hear about some of your thoughts in this area. If you would prefer to not have those thoughts posted, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to insights from many who are much wiser than I am!
Paul tells us:
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:11-13