What do I want to be when I grow up?

As I’ve said before, I’m in a holding pattern right now.

We just moved here 9 months ago, and I’m still getting established in life, routine, church, work, etc. I still feel “new” here. Relationships are slow to come by, and feeling at home takes time, at least a year, based on my earlier relocation experiences. Finding a church base takes time too, and we’re in that process right now. But finding ministry where I can serve takes even longer, as I’m discovering every week.

So as I wait, I wonder. What do I want to do with my life? Or rather, what does God want me to do with my life?

I’m in the second half. I’m a relatively new empty-ester, and now is the time, if ever, to reinvent myself. Or at a minimum, to discover something to do with my life that gives it meaning over these next 20+ years.

Yikes, that’s a long time!

So many folks I know go to work in a new environment once their children have left the nest.  So, since this is where I find myself: where do I want to work? What kind of impact do I hope to have on coworkers, clients, the folks who God places in my life?

Am I doing what He wants me to do right now? I’m praying that I am able to minister to folks/families in my current job as a brain trainer  (like a tutor, but for cognitive skills, not school subjects). I pray every day for my students, for our sessions, that God will use me in my current job and situation, and that I will be open to where He wants me to be eventually – here, or in another job.

What would I like that to be? What skills has He given me to use? How might it be different from ministry? Is there a difference between work and ministry for me? If so, what does that look like? What job? What ministry?

How do I not look too far ahead and simply trust Him for the outcome?


10 thoughts on “What do I want to be when I grow up?

  1. Mary Bartos March 16, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    It is hard to let God be Sovereign, on His own time table.
    Have you heard of the book “None Like Him”?
    I think I will make it my summer project and see if I can find help
    letting God be God and Me not be God.
    Tough work ahead, MAry B

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    • peggyricewi March 16, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      I’ll look it up. I want to re – read Second Calling, too. Especially after this post.


  2. kbailey374 March 16, 2017 / 6:53 am

    I had a clever response, which faded as I was waiting for the page to load lol… well it was something like, I am sure my ministry is not McDonalds (my job) but I am sure there is ministry at McDonald’s (where God places me). As it happens though I have an interview at Chick Fil A today. Too stressful waiting every Saturday to see if I get scheduled to work on Sunday (they don’t give us the week’s schedule til the day before it starts – URGH!). I don’t want to work on Sundays but they won’t guarantee I’ll get it off. Anyway I am still adjusting, now that the newness and excitement, the unpacking, the driving around and exploring, the finding “my” grocery store, pharmacy, doctors, etc … have worn off. I even had the advantage of having 2 friends already in place when I moved; it’s still hard to know if I’m where I’m supposed to be, and what I’m supposed to be doing.

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    • peggyricewi March 16, 2017 / 8:42 am

      It takes awhile! Hope the job at Chik-fil-A comes through. Ministry wherever God puts me – yes!


  3. DeniseBalog March 15, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    “How do I not look to far ahead…?” I have found often when I look “to far ahead”, I only see me in the ” far ahead ” and not Jesus right there with me. If He would tell me the whole plan, I’d just change to my way, so I find its best to not look far ahead without Him:) He’s Faithful:)

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  4. Jane March 15, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I enjoyed reading this one! Great conversation today too. Thanks for letting me use all my words.

    Liked by 1 person

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