Myself, All Grown Up

As a father of four, I really enjoy when my kids begin imagining their future. Do they want to be a parent someday? Where would they live? And inevitably, the question comes up, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I’ll never forget when I asked my son Blake that question when he was five years old. As most people do, I asked the stereotypical question, “What do you want to be when you grow up? A policeman? A fireman?”

Blake thought about it and said, “No. I just want to be myself, all grown up.”

I was stunned.

I don’t think I could have thought of a better answer if I tried.

“Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure and the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” Ephesians 4:13-15

When we get right down to the heart of parenting, that’s what we are called to do. We are called to pour into the hearts of our children to help them grow up to be the unique image bearer of God that God designed them to be.

Too often, we think in terms of stereotypical characters. We pretend to be the character of a policeman, a fireman, or a superhero.

But God wants more for us than pretending or even becoming a job title. He created us with unique stories, personalities, strengths and weaknesses, and desires.

During our conversation together on Worship Overflow, we’re going to explore on a practical level how we can not only learn to reflect back and recognize our own unique image, but how we can cultivate within our families a greater experience of being who God made us to be, all grown up.

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