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Anything I Want To Be

July 22, 2010

We shouldn’t say, “I can be anything I want to be.” We should say, “I can be all that God made me to be.”

James Hayes said that the other night at our VBS, and it really stuck with me. We often say things like, “You can do whatever you want to do in life,” but that isn’t really true. I could never play NFL football, for instance. Ok, that may be an obvious example, but there are alot of other things I won’t be able to do in life. The better I understand that, the more realistic my expectations will be.

I had lunch with a bunch of friends Monday, and one of the guys there is a policeman who worked security during the recent American Idol auditions in Nashville. He had to guard the exit for those who were rejected. I’m sure many of the people who tried out just did it for fun, or to see what would happen. Some of those trying out, though, were convinced they will be professional musicians. They might have grown up thinking they could do anything, and a little bout with reality shook some of them up. You’ve probably seen those first few episodes of the American Idol season. They all say things like, “Just wait – I’ll prove you wrong.” Contestants have been saying that for quite a few years now, and I still haven’t seen them prove the judges wrong.

Not trying to pick on them, I just think it is interesting that if we give ourselves unrealistic messages, we set ourselves up to fail. But we can all be everything God made us to be.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Robbie Mackenzie permalink
    July 22, 2010 8:14 am

    Great post. Philippians 4:13 has been used as a proof text for those who say they can do anything. The verse is not talking about playing on the football field (sorry Tebow fans) or accumulating wealth (Olsteen fans) but in context the verse is about having the right spiritual mindset that allows the Christ-empowered Christian to live his or her life.

    Long quote put short….I agree with you.

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