You know when you’re little, and someone asks you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Most kids give a pretty standard answer, “A policeman,” or “A ballerina,” or “Superman,” and they stop there.
Not my child. And I bet, if you’ve been reading faithfully over these past 20 days or so of the Write 31 Days (or if you just read the title of today’s post), you can guess which one.
Oh, Elijah. My bright, imaginative, curious, optimistic dreamer.
Do you know what HIS standard answer is when he’s asked what he wants to be when he’s older?
He tells people that he wants to be “everything.” And this has been his standard answer for the past 2 years, at least.
Of course with that answer, he always expounds a bit, clarifying his “everything,” in case anyone wonders what that means exactly.
He says something like this, “I’m going to be everything. I’m going to be an astronaut, a firefighter, a preacher, a farmer, a zookeeper, and a daddy. I’m going to be everything.”
These are just some of the occupations that he says fairly often, but it is by no means a definitive list. He adds new ideas regularly to his “everything” dream job.
As a mom, I’m both amused and amazed.
He could totally be a lot of those things at once. In fact I know someone who has been a daddy, a preacher, a firefighter, and somewhat of a farmer, all at the same time, so it’s possible.
But to shepherd a heart that dreams so big is kind of intimidating. All I can do is pray that God leads his steps and gives Brad and me wisdom as we raise him. Pray that we lay the foundations solidly for his own relationship with God so he can follow God’s leading closely. Pray that we notice his talents, giftings, and strengths so we encourage them and pinpoint his weaknesses and challenges so we can help him overcome them. Pray that he does his best to reach his full potential and fulfill all the plans that God has for him, even if they differ from Elijah’s own ideas or ours.
Of course, that’s really the same thing I’d be doing if he only had one answer instead of every answer.
Parenting is all about doing your best, learning, and growing while you depend desperately on God for guidance and discernment, trusting that He can still work through all the mistakes you make, and simply trusting that His love for your child is even greater than your love for that child, that His plans for your child are “to give him a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Trusting can be hard. But God has never failed me, and I’m choosing to trust Him with my boys. After all, He’s the One Who gave them to us and trusted Brad and me with them in the first place. (It reminds me of Hannah with her Samuel in 1 Samuel 1:27 & 28)
So while I work to embrace the overwhelming ambitions of my little visionary, I am also excited at the possibilities.
Sure he most likely won’t be an astronaut AND a zookeeper. But with that kind of expectation, confidence, and determination, it’s kind of fun to imagine what he really could be, to wonder at what God has in store for him.
As much as I want him to be my little boy forever, I’m also excited to see the “everything” he’ll be when he grows up.
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