We’ve all been asked the question, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I’ve asked my little girl that quite a few times in the past, but she was always too young to know. This week, we’ve been studying about authors and illustrators and how these wonderful people put together the story books she loves to read. And when I popped the question again, just out of the blue, she joyfully exclaimed, “I want to be a writer!”
I think if ever this little girl of mine ever becomes a successful writer, then I would be most proud. I remember back in the day when we were given creative writting assignments in school (both in highschool and college), that I greatly admired (and yeah, envied a bit) certain classmates who wrote these amazing stories and essays. I used to wonder how come I couldn’t write as good as they did, no matter how hard I worked on my own writing. I used to photocopy their work and read and reread them because they were about as good as the stuff I also loved to read in the school library.
In any case, I intend to encourage my little one to pursue this dream as far as the Lord will let her take it. We all wish our kids would grow up to be successful in whatever field they choose, but I’ve also known for a long time that it’s not about what WE WANT, but it’s all about what HE PLANNED.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I’ve read somewhere that success is not about planning something and asking God to bless that plan, but TRUE SUCCESS is in seeking God’s plan and walking in it for it is already surely blessed.
One of the reasons we decided to homeschool is because I don’t see my children as growing up to be employees in the future. Our current “traditional” school system generally trains them up to be that — a well-trained group of future job-seekers, many of whom will end up as employees that are used to an 8-5 schedule and sitting on a desk doing their assigned task. I simply can’t see my children as something like that, and don’t get me wrong; I don’t look down on employees. I was raised by one (althought my folks eventually went into business full-time), and my amazing husband is a great employee (in my humble opinion). I just believe in my heart God has something else for my children. What it is, I do not know. Of course, I could be wrong; God may actually have worked out something different for them — like they may start out as employees — which is why we are using a DepEd approved homestudy system from VCIS. We’re making sure our kids learn what they have to as per our country’s educational standards. Only time will tell what God really has planned for our beautiful children.
In the meantime, we continue to pray for them and “train them up the way they should go (Prov. 22:6),” guiding them to discover their God-given talents and gifts and teaching them to use all these for the glory of God.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31