Saturday, April 11, 2015

Among Friends: Who Do You Want to Be?

Reposting this introduction to my blog for Among Friends - by Igniting Women publishers. If you haven't seen their site - they have some wonderful, short essays by some of your favorite authors (like me, perhaps?!). Follow the link at the end of this introduction to read the full essay.

My teenage daughter is filling out college questionnaires, and they all ask the same perplexing question: “What do you want to be?”

The problem is, she doesn’t know. Not yet.
I think it’s the wrong question. Too often, who we want to be gets mixed up with a job title or a more personal goal—we want to be a pediatrician or somebody’s girlfriend, wife, or mother, for example.
Maybe a better question to ask is, “Do you know who you are?” In my self-description on Pinterest, I settled on a series of words: Girly. Nerdy. Vintage-loving. Writer. Wife. Mother. Christ-follower.
Truth be told, my clever little list is incomplete. You could add some not-so-flattering words: klutzy, disorganized, tired, cranky. These are also true, but not really what I want to shout to the world.
One thing I love about following Jesus is that He knows me completely. In Him, Scripture says, “I am fully known” (1 Cor. 13:12).
What does it mean to be fully known? And do we ever really get there? Finish the Essay at the Among Friends Site Here!
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