What Do You Want to BE When You Grow Up?

Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals' second baseman
Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals' second baseman (Jasen Vinlove/Reuters)

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third of a five-part series "Why Leaders Should Practice the Presence of God." Each part of the series will focus on a quote from the Brother Lawrence classic, The Practice of the Presence of God. To view the other parts, click part 1, part 2.

We can all probably remember being asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I remember my answer was "to play second base for the St. Louis Cardinals." I didn't quite make it. But surely there's a senior league somewhere for me in Florida. I just hope I can run the bases in my golf cart. 

The "what do you want to be" question addresses a young person's thoughts about a career. The question is not focused on the word "be."

What a great question to ask early in the morning! "What do I want to BE today?"

Brother Lawrence challenged his 17th-century readers with this thought:

"That in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must at first apply to Him with some diligence; but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty."

I want to be with Him continually throughout this day. I choose to converse with Him and seek Him in all decisions set before me.

Leaders who want to BE with Him will lead with Him. 


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Today's Scripture

"Keep yourselves in the love of God while you are waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, which leads to eternal life" (Jude 1:21).



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