Hey friend, in school your child is continuously asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think it’s because we love the answers they give. The princess, ballerina, superhero, and magician. What dreams they have, and reality isn’t a thing of consequence yet, so they shoot for the stars. We could learn from them, couldn’t we?
Why Those Occupations and Not Others?
One thing that kind of bothers me, is the lack of Christian based career options that are given to them. Is it because we view them as non-realistic options like marine biology?
I see this line of questioning as a gentle shove in that direction of normal for the world. You will grow up and get a regular job, one that everyone knows, but there are so many not normal jobs out there.
For me, I want my kids to consider missions and service-oriented carrers. I guess I just want them to know these kinds of places exist and that it’s just as acceptable as being a firefighter or policeman.
I was thrilled when I took the kids to Pioneer Bible Translators for a tour. They learned that there are opportunities for every kind of occupation to be used within this one organization that worked at spreading the Gospel.
The receptionist played a significant role in being the face and voice of the ministry to everyone that comes to visit. There is a department dedicated to translation work for the blind in different languages. An IT department exists to maintain the database in the states as well as the support for the missionaries throughout the world. Stateside missionaries that support and direct overseas missionaries. Missions work no longer means heading to the remote jungle, there are a lot of opportunities right here in our backyards.
So Who is PBT?
Pioneer Bible Translators bridges the gap between the church and the Bibleless peoples around the world. Our team is composed of Bible translators, literacy evangelists, church planters and a variety of support personnel working to see transformed lives through God’s Word in every language. We are serving 38 million people in 73 language projects in 17 countries. God is calling us to expand. With His help, we will strive to start 11 new projects by the end of 2018.
What a fun ministry to introduce the kids to and present it as a real option for a future job. As Christians, we forget that our children’s future will look different than that of other kids around us.
I know that Christians should be involved in all sectors of society so they can reach the world for Christ, but what better way to reach the world for Christ, than in full-time ministry.
Often that’s not a job option we present to our kids. It’s something they’ll find out about when they’re older, but as intentional Christian parents maybe it’s something we should talk about while they’re still young.
I want to encourage you to look at your child as a little person that will one day grow up and be an employed adult. When that time comes, how you have shaped them now, will make a difference in what they will choose then. Present these opportunities to your kids while they are still young and let them dream about that kind of a future.
We Are Not Called To Be Normal.
We are set apart to follow God and live a life that brings glory to Him. Do not underestimate how your child can live that out now. Teach them to serve God while they are young. Give them opportunities to witness Christian’s working in ministry now, so that it is an option in their future.
I will let my children choose their career when they are older. Until then, it is my responsibility to (Proverbs 22:6) train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Take Deuteronomy to heart and impress these things on your children so that they will see God as real, as a real option for their future. Talk to your kids now about their future and share with them the opportunities that are available for them to pursue careers spreading the gospel.
I know you love your children and want the best for them. Be intentional in how you train them. That is what we are doing right, training them to be adults. Let’s take that one step further and determine right now that we are training them to be Christian adults.
You are doing great. Keep up the good work, be an intentional parent, expose your children to missions and service-oriented careers.
May God bless you on your journey!