Who do You Want to Be?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I did not write down the quote, but I remember it verbatim. Doctor Russell Tuck’s words made such an impact on me in August of 1992 that it’s no exaggeration to say they have helped shape my life to this day.
His words were simple but profound: “Do not deceive yourself, you will never be what you are not becoming.” Or perhaps we can state this positively: we will only be what we are becoming. We will only reap what we sow. The process will determine the outcome. Particular daily habits will produce particular results.
Therefore, Dr. Tuck counseled us, you must give careful thought to who you long to be, and then work backwards, as it were. That is, you must have a vision of your future and then develop daily habits that lead toward that destiny. Your vision will change to some degree over time, and that is normal and healthy.
But remember that those who shoot for nothing hit it every time. So determine right now that you will shoot for something in this life. Pray, read the Bible, seek the will of God, consult your mentors, think about your natural abilities and passions, think about the needs of the world around you—do whatever you have to do, but get a vision for your life! And then give careful thoughts to your daily habits, for they will in large part determine whether or not you will succeed.
This life-shaping wisdom is close to my heart today because I plan to take some time to think about my life. I’ve come a very long way since 1992, but if the Lord gives me life, I still have a very long way to go and I do not want to squander my life. So today I will be thinking about who God is calling me to be in twenty years from now: as a child of God, as a husband and father, as a family member and friend, as a pastor, as an author. And then I plan to give careful thought to my daily life and determine whether or not it is going to produce the outcomes I desire, and more importantly that the Lord desires.
If you think about it, please pray for me as I sense that this is a very important time in my life. I’m at a crossroads and I want to follow where the Lord is leading.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great day!