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What do you want to be when you grow up?

What is it that you really want to be when you grow up?


I remember this question being asked of me as a little boy but then some day you become a “grown up” and no one asks you what you want to be. You have a job, a place to live, a family, and you just sort of settle into a routine of working, eating, cleaning, and sleeping. Wash, rinse, repeat until that most beautiful of time comes, THE WEEKEND.



Even for those of us who are grown ups I think one of the most important questions to answer is what you really want to be when you grow up. I’m in my late thirties and not yet certain I really qualify as a grown up because that is something for like old people and as a friend of mine, Wayne Smith would say even in his nineties, “I’m not old—I’m mature.” This question of what you want to be when you finally become a grown up is important because people usually end up getting what they really want out of life.


I’m not naive enough to think that you just wish for something and you get. If that was the truth we would have a lot more professional athletes walking around. BUT I do think that what you really want and desire out of life shapes the whole way you live. What you really want to be when you grow up changes the way you live your life.


People who really want to be professional athletes run and practice their sport a lot. People who really want to be an astronaut when they grow up spend a ton of time reading about space. People who want to be a professional gamer or coder when they grow up spend a ton of time playing video games and writing code.


When you really want to be something when you grow up you spend time doing, and learning, and thinking about that thing but you also surround yourself with people who can help you get there. People who are already are the thing you want to be when you grow up can help you get there. They can show you the habits and ways of thinking that are needed to be successful. They can show you some of the mistakes that you can make that will make it harder to become what you want to be.


One of the most important things you can be when you grow up is good friends with God. It is what you were always meant to be. When God created you he made you to be his friend. Some stuff, the churchy sounding word for it is sin, messed that friendship up and God has been working to get his friends back ever since. All those stories in the Bible are about God working to get his friends back. Jesus comes and lives and dies to get his friends back.


If like me you have found 2020 to be something of a disappointment and are beginning to feel a bit worn and weary maybe it is time to ask yourself what is that you really want to be when you grow up. Maybe it is time to see if all the things that I am doing and all the things that I am worrying about are actually helping me to become what it is I want to be when I grow up.


Over the next several weeks we are going to be wrestling with the question of what it is we want to be when we grow up and how we can get there. I think you may find that what you actually want to be when you grow up is a happy, healthy, holy, joyful person. What you want to be is really good friends with God. We are going to be using the Book The World’s First Love by Blessed Fulton Sheen to help us.


A new video & blog post will go up every Thursday evening and on Tuesday nights some of us will be meeting on Zoom to think about this together. Know that God wants more for you than you have right now. God‘s desire is for friendship with you and there are a whole lot worse things to become when we grow up than friends with God.


You can get a free copy of the book The World’s First Love here


Join us on Zoom Tuesday nights from 6-7 PM as we think through what we want to be when we grow up.


Check out the Sal et Lucem YouTube page for more videos on how to live a happier, holier, healthier life. The



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