I Want To Be….

104 (2)What did you want to be when you grew up? 

By Holly Michael

Returning to my earliest memory, I move forward through the years. Occupations and aspirations fly through my mind: a mommy, a teacher, a nurse, a psychologist, a writer. A look back in time reveals that my career choices matched up with the current influencers in my life.

As a very young child, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I answered, “A mommy.” I loved dolls, played house, and dreamt of having my own daughter to cook meals for, read books to, then say prayers with and kiss goodnight.


Entering school, I wanted to be a teacher because Mrs. King was the keeper of colored paper, scissors, and plaster of paris. I wanted to teach children how to tell time, read, and make amazing Mother’s Day gifts.


In elementary school, I landed in the hospital with mononucleosis. What could be better than making the sick well and fixing broken bones? file000480371600

As a heartbroken teenager facing my sister’s traumatic death, I wanted to fix wounded hearts. My high school counselor and pastor provided answered to my questions about life and death and how to go on living after losing the one person you loved the most in life. I planned to become a psychologist.file0001946946654

Once, years ago, when questioning God if I should be a writer, the Lord spoke to me through a dream, showing me a strong, muscular hand holding onto a pen. The powerful hand thrust toward me. “Write,” He said. Even if I was confused, God–The Creator and Ultimate Influencer–knew what I would be when I grew up.

Writing is a dance with God, a prayer. I do my best to ask and listen to what God wants me to write. In my writing, I express emotions I’ve experienced–happy and inspirational moments as well as awful and unjust tragedies.

Today is Good Friday, the most beautiful tragedy. Jesus’ Passion is filled with heart wrenching emotion, expressed in the Bible.

According to GOTQUESTIONS.ORG, there are about 200 names and titles found in the Bible that reflect the nature and role of Christ. But, today we celebrate the one historical event that made Jesus the Savior of the World through His death on the cross for our sins.

By knowing who He is…we have life and hope.

By knowing Him…we can boldly be the people whom God has called us to be.

Photo Good Friday by Holly Michael

Photo Good Friday by Holly Michael

Writing Prompt. Do as I did. Look back to your farthest memory and scan through your early years of what you wanted to be when you grew up. What or who influenced you? Whatever memory stands out most in your mind, write about it.