Weekly devotional by Pastor Mary peters
What do you want to be when you grow up?
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question often asked of children, young adults and even those searching for a career change. While "What do you want to be ?" is a reasonable question as it relates to career choice a more important consideration is "Who do you want to be when you grow up?" What kind of person do you seek to become? I came across one answer from novelist Jodi Picoult. She writes: "My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. Perhaps you, as well, have someone you'd like to emulate. Perhaps you know someone who represents maturity of character and spirit,-a real grown-up by many standards.
Sister Joan Chittister in Monastery of the Heart describes well our contemporary situation when she notes that "nothing is what it once had been and nothing is what it promised to be". In the chapter Stability of Heart she goes on to say "whatever happens to us on the outside will depend entirely on what we have become on the inside".
What we become and who we become always depends on our focus in life. The appointed gospel text for Sunday is the story of two sisters, Mary and Martha. One is focused, the other distracted. In our New Testament reading the apostle Paul speaks to people who are similarly distracted from Christ. He offers good advice: Stay focused on Christ. Christ is primary. Christ is the center. And Christ holds it all together!
Pray: Dear Lord, amid all the attractions and distractions of life, keep me focused on you. Grow me into your likeness. Amen.