November 12, 2010 | 10:11 am

Friday – What kind of person do I want to be?

From the time we can barely talk, we were asked a simple question: what do you want to be when you grow up? I answered that question in many ways over the course of my youth. I wanted to be a policeman, lawyer, doctor, rock star, and obnoxiously wealthy (any job would do). It’s interesting to think back to what we said then compared to what we’re doing now—the vocational option of pastor didn’t make my list growing up! The question we are rarely, if ever, asked is what kind of person do I want to be? I wonder how different we would be if we talked less about being dentists, accountants, and managers, and talked more about being caring, generous, and grateful. This may not change what we do, but it may certainly change the way we do it. As we consider this what kind of person we want to be, there is a simple prayer in Psalm 51 that asks God to clear space within us so there is room “to be” in new ways. May these words become our prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me” (verse 10).