Being in the Navy has placed me in an interesting predicament. Essentially, once I'm retired, I can do anything I want to do. Since I, lord willing, will have a steady income from my retirement, I will be "free" to pursue anything I want to, as long as I can bring in a sufficient income to pay for what we need to pay for.
In a general sense, I want to be a pastor. Having that retirement income puts me in a position to take less money from a church, so I'd be suitable to a small church or as a missions pastor...something along those lines. There was a time, not too long ago, where I wanted to preach to a huge audience, but I think I'm passed that now. I think that mentoring a small number of guys, and preaching/teaching consistently to them over a deployment and other situations has led me to understand that a small church body isn't bad...it's just what my prideful heart needs.
Part of me, however, loves the idea of intense research along the lines of what I did for my recent Systematic Theology course. My pastor has already informed me that I'd be sadly mistaken if I thought being a pastor meant that I could study theology for hours a day and I believe him. This puts me more along the lines of a seminary professor or an author.
The bottom line is that I don't know exactly what I want to be when I grow up, which is in slightly more than six years from now. I'm grateful for the time to think through this, to seek God's will for my life, and to learn from pastors, missionaries, and professors. God is preparing me for his future for me, for those good works he foreordained. I need to be content where I am and yet soak up everything possible. It's an odd position to be in, but I'm getting used to it.
So if you're still in school, what do you want to be when you grow up? Or maybe you're already "grown up" but don't like where you are...what are your dreams?