Recently I was asked if I remembered from my childhood years, what I wanted to be when I grew up. I did not know what I wanted to do for a career. I was concerned that I needed to find something that I could do, and I doubted my potential. Through all the ideas that swirled around in my mind, I realize that what I really wanted to be was “somebody.” Whatever I did, I hoped it would make me important enough to feel significant.
“Darrel’s boyhood dream to be a Big Leagues was about more than baseball. His ability to achieve his hero status of being a Big League shortstop was where he expected to find his significance on the stage that meant the most to him–a Big League ball field. If he could do that, he would be able to do anything. Nothing more needed to be done. From that position, he would be powerful, influential, and significant.” From Welcome to the Big Leagues, p 15.
The dream matters, but what drives it matters even more. Pursuing the dream is an adventure with villains, disappointments, thrills and spills, but in the pursuit, the greatest discovery comes in finding your significance comes because of who you are, that God loves you and He made you by design and for an eternal important purpose.
“No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and the saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians 2:9, 10 from The Message.