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Choosing a Grown-up Life

Senior Pastor Bill Hayden
Date Published: 
Friday, August 10, 2018

     The question that is asked to all young children is: “What do you want to do when you grow up?” They respond with just about every profession that they have been exposed to. They respond with - I want to be a doctor, nurse, professional athlete, police officer, lawyer, fireman etc. etc.

     When I was asked that same question as a child, I would draw a blank because I didn’t have any male role models in my life to inspire me. I knew one thing, I didn’t want to be like my father, who I never knew because he deserted our family. I would say to myself that if I ever married and had children, I would never leave my family fatherless.

     Some children have had such a hard time in their lives, there are some, sadly to say, who wish that they were of another ethnicity. They observed how they were being treated as opposed to how others were being treated from other ethnicities. This could also apply to those who are poor and those who are privileged, in-fact it applies to all sorts of families all over the world. 

     As I reflect on my life, there were many challenges that tested the very fabric of my soul. I started out with one direction in life and over time that changed. Throughout the twists, turns, hills and valleys of life we never stop growing in one way or another. In retrospect some of my steps weren’t self-directed, as I learned later in life. There are limits to our growth in the natural realm but there are no limits in growing in the wisdom that life offers you. 

     If asked today the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would say a person who has fulfilled his purpose in life. Where ever your path leads you in life you can be true to yourself. You can pursue a career or several careers in life that brings satisfaction and fulfilment. 

     “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs16:9 NLT. Please join us as we persevere for the blessing at the Villages Community Chapel in the Cribari Auditorium each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The chapel is a place for Needs to be Met, Faith to be Affirmed and People to Love. We would love to meet you. To learn more about the Villages Community Chapel visit our website at You can hear previous and current Sunday Sermons.