When I Grow Up…

I remember hearing about an elementary teacher who had asked her class that age old question; “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Each student came to the front of the class and gave the standard answers – ” I want to be a nurse… A policeman… jet pilot…  famous athlete.

Every student had shared their dream; all except Billy. The teacher hesitated on calling Billy because he was not your typical student. He was often loud and disruptive . Reluctantly she had Billy go to the front to share his ambition.

Billy shocked everyone when he said, “When I grow up,   I want to lead a blind man.” You could have heard a pin drop. After all, who wants to grow up and serve others? I’ve never heard anyone say their life’s goal was serving others. And yet that is exactly why Jesus Christ came.  Matthew 20:28 says that Jesus did not come to be served but rather He came to serve others. The Bible tells us that we are to “…. grow up in Him (Jesus). Since Jesus was the greatest servant and since we are to be like Him; then it stands to reason that we should strive to serve others.

People spend their entire lives climbing the ladder of success, only to find it is leaning on the wrong wall. We strive for the corner office. We want the prestigious parking place, and the key to the executive restroom. Always searching for significance.


“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” — Albert Schweitzer.   

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