by Dave Gustavsen

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Series: 1 Timothy - Vintage Church
Dave Gustavsen
1 Timothy 6:1-10

I have a son who's a sophomore in high school. So he's getting to that time in life where he's starting to think about where he wants to go to college, and what he wants to do with his life. And of course we've been asking him what he wants to do with his life since he was three years old, but now he's approaching that question a lot more realistically. The goal of living in the woods and being a professional basketball player doesn't seem quite so practical any more!

And I started thinking about myself at his age. Toward the end of high school, figuring out what I was going to do with my life. And I can remember sitting down with a guidance counselor. And the guidance counselor asked me something like, ''What do you want in life? What do you want to do? What do you want to be?'' And I said something like, ''I want to be a doctor. And I want it to focus on sports medicine. And I want it to involve sports nutrition.'' And what I was also thinking (but I didn't tell the guidance counselor), is that I also wanted to be rich…and I wanted to have a really nice house, and drive a convertible Mercedes, and I wanted everyone to admire the successful doctor driving around in his Mercedes with the top down.

So my guidance counselor did what guidance counselors do. He listened to my goals, and he looked at my grades and my abilities, and he said, ''Let's help you to achieve those goals. Let's help you get into the right college so you can get what you want.''

And of course, the plan worked perfectly! My freshman year in college I realized I hated chemistry; by my sophomore year I had switched my major to psychology, I became a pastor, and for the past ten years I've been driving mini-vans and SUV's! I love it when a plan comes together!

But here's my point: the job of a guidance counselor is to find out what you want, and then to give you the tools to help you achi ...

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