We were often asked this question when we were kids: What do you want to be when you grow up?
But we were never asked this kind of question: What kind of person do you want to be when you grow up?
It’s a simple question really. A bit of a nonsense for some. But the answer would probably become a some sort of “panata”- A PROMISE. A promise to be a kind person, an honest person, etc.
As kids, we would think these things to be easily attainable. Our young minds still hopeful, idealistic and untarnished by the cruel realities of the world. But when we grow up into adults, to be an honest person is a struggle, to be a kind person is a struggle. Struggles that bother us in our daily activities. No don’t deny it. Unconsciously we are bothered by these things regularly. “Shocks I don’t like that person, how should I act towards him/her? I shouldn’t be kind. Should I be kind?” Along those lines.
Prof asked us to answer this question today: “What will you do to become a lawyer?” In a bigger context, this question has been popping inside my head ever since- “What kind of lawyer do I want to be?” More importantly, “What kind of person will I be as a lawyer/ What kind of person do I strive to be as a lawyer?” The latter having more substance than the first. This does not only apply to lawyers, but also to doctors, nurses, engineers, businessmen, teachers, politicians, other profession– ALL.
There is that quote saying- you are not your money in the bank, you are not your job, you are not… It is the other way around. How you are as a person will reflect on what kind of lawyer, teacher, doctor, politician, businessman, nurse, etc. you will be.
First and foremost you are a BEING. You are a Being created in the image and likeness of God. Through His grace and by His love. Always.
Let this be a challenge then: What kind of person do you want to be? Not because you want people to be in awe of you. But because you believe in God, you believe in the Goodness He creates, and that you as His cherished creation- are GOOD. Therefore you have the ability and are enforced by Him to share that Goodness.