“So, what do you want to do when you grow up?”
One of the most influential relationships of my teenage years started with that simple question.
I was staying after school one day, working on a project in a class and the teacher simply asked that question. I know now that he was asking much more than that question – he was asking to hear my heart.
My response was driven by what was at my core at the time. I told him that I wanted to be a businessman. I continued by saying that I wanted to drive a Mercedes SLK hardtop convertible, work downtown, arrive to a high-rise every day, carry by briefcase up the elevator in my coat and tie and get paid a lot of money. The translation that he heard was simple: this guy (me) cares about money, prestige, and chasing after status.
What was great about the conversation is that it ended with me realizing how wrong my view of the world was. My teacher went on, hinting around about how there are more important things to chase after in life than big jobs and fancy cars, but we were called to live with passion and with meaning.
Now, I have been a Christian most of my life (becoming a follower of Christ at a young age) and raised in a Christian home, so I do understand that my faith leads me to live a life for a grater purpose than myself. However, at the time when my teacher started this dialogue with me, I was not focused on my faith-relationship and what it called me to in life; I was focused on what I wanted. But with my background and knowing where this teacher stood in his faith, I knew where he was going with the conversation and gave him permission to talk to me more.
That day started a relationship that lasted for about a year and a half as I completed high school. Read More »