Dr. Janet Dean – “When I Grow Up”
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.” – 1 Peter 4:10
The local newspaper once asked elementary school children to share their eventual career goals. You can imagine what the answers looked like: NBA player, rock musician, doctor, NFL football player, model, scientist, professional soccer player, fashion designer, with the occasional train engineer, pastor, and teacher thrown in for good measure. For most, their career aspirations were quite a bit bigger than their talents and much more difficult to reach than they ever imagined.
Such dreams motivate us to achieve, and some of us actually fulfill them. Many of us, however, reach adulthood and find ourselves, based on our talents, training, and circumstances, in a career path that isn’t even close to what we dreamt about so long ago. And, in that, we have a choice. We can despair over what never came to be, feeling sorry for ourselves, maybe even resenting our lot in life, and fussing at God for not giving us more or putting us in a better place. Or, we can take hold of our circumstance, our talents, and our training - as they are - and use them to serve others… in the place we find ourselves. This is what it means to be a good steward – taking whatever we have been given (and whoever we have become) and using that to serve and glorify God by serving and loving His people. In this, we are all called to be stewards of God’s grace to one another, which is a much higher calling than any of those elementary school dream careers we once held.
- Dr. Janet Dean, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences