What vày you want khổng lồ be when you grow up is one of the most mysterious questions you can ask a person. Planning your future is not an easy task. It takes time, insight, và wise advice.

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Figuring out what you want lớn be after you grow up requires a lot of things. In this piece, I want to speak to lớn two of them:

What vị you want to lớn do?What would it take lớn get there?

Since I have sầu worked through this process with my vocation, I will use that as an example lớn give sầu you an idea of how you can think about your life choices.

What Do You Want to Do?

You should be good at whatever you decide you want khổng lồ bởi vì. Thinking about your unique gift mix is essential because you want to bởi the things that are easy for you lớn vị. God made you an individual, and your life has a chất lượng shape. To find your vocational sweet spot, you will want to connect your quality gift mix to your future career.

One of my most favorite things lớn vì is study people. I love sầu people, và I love studying them. The more technical name for this is ethnography. An ethnographer is a person who examines people while contextualized in the community in which he is studying them.

I have never been an outward, showy, energetic, charismatic personality. If the world is a stage, give sầu me a box seat. My early years were spent watching life more than participating in it. After regeneration, my desires to learn and help people became “redemptive” habits. As I thought about what I enjoy doing & my quality skill phối, a twofold mission began to take shape:

I want khổng lồ take the gospel to lớn every person in the world so I can help people.I want khổng lồ live sầu 25 years after I die because I need more time khổng lồ take the gospel khổng lồ every person in the world.

These two ideas drive sầu everything I vày. If what I bởi does not fit within that schema, I extract it from my life if I can. It’s that simple, which is the way I believe the Lord has led me to most effectively glorify Hyên vocationally (1Corinthians 10:31).

I derived my two life goals from the life of Jesus. (1) He came to lớn preach the gospel to lớn anyone who would listen to lớn Hlặng, while (2) His organizational objective sầu was lớn replicate Himself inlớn others so that His ministry would continue after He left our planet.

What about you?

What is something you love sầu lớn do?What is something you enjoy giving time for reflection?When you have downtime, where does your mind drift as far as a possible career choice?How has God gifted you? How would your friends answer that question?Describe your personality. What does it say about the kind of job you should have?What suggestions have sầu people made about your career, based on their understanding of you?


What Would it Take to Get There?

After I figured out what I wanted lớn do with my life, I phối the trajectory in a general way. I then needed to think about the practical specifics of getting the training I needed while building a reputation within my expected sphere of influence.

For me, it meant finding another kind of job to meet the daily needs of my growing family while building a second rail for my dream job. Working a pragmatic job while planning for your calling is a typical experience for many people.

It is rare for a person to lớn know when he’s ten years old what he wants lớn be as an adult. It’s an unfair question khổng lồ ask most high school graduates because it’s too early khổng lồ know.

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If you interview the college graduates in your church, you’ll probably find that the majority of them are doing something different from their college degrees. For many reasons, they did not discover their vocational sweet spot until many years after college. And it’s common for that sweet spot to lớn be different from what they were trained lớn vì chưng during college.

There is a reason there is night school for thirty, forty, & fifty-something-year-old people. So don’t sweat it if you’re working a pragmatic job while planning for your future career. The primary key is to lớn identify your gifting và develop a plan lớn where you can introduce your gifts lớn your ultimate career.

After I figured out what I wanted to be after I grew up, it was a matter of strategizing how to fulfill my twofold mission statement: (1) taking the gospel to every person on the planet (2) over a period that would outlive me. I deduced that I could accomplish this in two ways:

The redemptive sầu use of technologyThe replication of leaders.

Redemptive Technology – There is an “emang đến of omnipresence” in công nghệ. Meaning, you can wrap the globe with the gospel without having to lớn be everywhere at the same time.

Replicated Leaders – Finding men & women with distinct leadership gifts và equipping them in this gospel adventure.

What about You?

What are the educational requirements needed for your desired vocation?What is your plan lớn get the training you need?What other things bởi vì you need lớn get to your dream job destination?Do you have a person in your desired field you can emulate?Who is mentoring you in this process?Who is holding you accountable for accomplishing your objectives?

Five Final Tips

Tip #1 – It is essential you have someone who is willing khổng lồ walk with you, assess you, and help you. This person must know you (or is ready to lớn get khổng lồ know you). That person must be willing khổng lồ be direct & honest with you. There is too much at stake. You need truth with clarity about yourself.

Tip #2 – It would help if you wrote out your answers lớn the twelve sầu questions I asked in the sections above sầu. Talk through those questions with your mentor. If you vị not have a mentor, you’re welcome lớn become part of our community. Replicating leaders is what we do.

Tip #3 – Don’t wait for the perfect plan before you begin. Implementing an imperfect plan is better than not implementing one at all. What you start today will not look like the same plan ten years from now. There will be unexpected events along the way. Let your life plans evolve because they will. Don’t say, “I’m going to (fill in the blank).” You may or may not. Make definite plans & hold them loosely (James 4:13-17).

Tip #4 – Don’t fall for the religious vocation trap. Yes, my career is in religion. That does not make me a better person. There are some who believe sầu that “being in the ministry” is the only way. It’s not. The only way is khổng lồ go the way the Lord is leading you whether you work in a “religious” field or a secular field.

Tip #5 – Don’t compare what you bởi with others, especially if you’re a stay at trang chính mom. On our first date, I asked Lucia what she wanted to be after she grew up, và she said, “I want to lớn get married, have sầu children, và quit my job.” Some may say she’s only throwing two copper coins into lớn the treasury, but I suspect the Great Accountant thinks differently about her vocational sweet spot (Luke 21:1-4).

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Bonus Tip – If you’re lazy, forget about all this. It won’t work. Procrastination và laziness, which are in cahoots together, will keep you from learning what God could vày with your life.