The hardest question you didn’t see coming…

“What do you want?”

That’s a simple question. I was asked this several months ago in a class and I was not sure how to answer.

We all have the automatic answers, of course- for our children to be happy and safe, to be healthy, you know, the usual answers.

I was not allowed to answer like that. I was instructed that my answer must tie directly to my own desires, dreams, talents, and goals. It could not be concerning anyone other than me.

Could you answer that question?

It had been a long time since I considered what I actually wanted.

Once upon a time, I think I knew. I remember wanting to be a nurse as a child because I liked learning medical things and helping people. It seemed a natural marriage of interest, ability, and desire. I’m not a nurse, though. That got lost somewhere along the way.

Did your dream get lost, too?

We encourage children to think big and follow the interests of their hearts. So, what happens when we get older that it becomes selfish to claim things for yourself?

For instance, it seems self-centered or obnoxious to say, “I want to be a successful business woman”, “I want to teach a class to share the life lessons I have ‘earned’ through struggle and perseverance”, or “I want to make enough money so that I can always help people in need no matter what”.

Why should there be shame attached to any of these things?

Considering what you want for your life should not be considered a selfish endeavor.

What you want for your life has nothing to do with other people or their approval.

It should not be based on what other people want or expect of you. It’s not a contest. It doesn’t matter if others are impressed or not. It’s YOUR life!

God created you to be you. The plans He has for you are for you. Let me encourage you not to measure yourself against others to determine your place and calling in life.

If God has placed a dream in your heart, don’t be ashamed of it. Don’t be afraid of it. It probably won’t come easily, but if you are walking on the path to which you are called, you are not alone. The Bible reminds us over and over of God’s faithfulness and that He is always with us.

Consider these two passages:

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

“Let us hold unswervingly to the faith we profess for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

Do you know what you want for your life?

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