When I was a child people would ask me the iconic question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I never said that I wanted to be a pastor. I never did. My dad was a pastor and it honestly seemed boring to me.
What kind of job was reading the Bible, preaching the Bible, singing songs, and teaching people about the Bible? That is what he did and I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, or a GI Joe guy, or a ninja, or an artist for comic books, or something interesting like that. Not a pastor.
And here I am…a pastor. I’ve been youth pastoring for 7 years now come June.
I’m not being asked that iconic question anymore at my current age of 29 years. Instead I’m being asked a different question. Essentially I’m being asked, “If you could do one thing for the rest of your life and get paid for it, what would it be?” I like that kind of question way better. But my answer isn’t as exciting as my answers to the other question asked when I was a child.
If I could do one thing for the rest of my life and get paid for it I would say: Talk to people. If I could talk with people for the rest of my life I would love it. I mean LOVE it!
Falling under that category of talking to people would be a few things in particular like teaching others the Bible, talking through the writing process, and having one on one conversations with people over a meal or coffee. These are the things that I love and didn’t even know it until the fall of 2010.
I did some ministry coaching with a guy named Dave, who is now my friend. He took me through a great process that has let me know what drives me in life, and what I need to do that will keep me moving and doing ministry.
So what about you? I need to talk to people. What would you do if you could do one thing for the rest of your life and get paid for it?