Today’s Devotional: The Difference between Doing and Being

In the following devotional, Chuck Swindoll ruminates on a question he was asked 30 years ago for his high school yearbook: “What do I want to do?” As he reads through his classmates’ answers (be a millionaire, a doctor, a sports star, etc.) he begins to think that maybe his high school asked the wrong question. Instead of asking what they wanted to do, Swindoll thinks they should have asked “What kind of person do you want to be?”

Without wanting to sound needlessly critical, as I look back over three decades, I think we were asked to answer the wrong question. What we want to do is not nearly as important as what we want to be. And the longer I live the more significant that becomes. It’s possible to do lots of things yet be zilch as a person.

Doing is usually connected with a vocation or career, how we make a living. Being is much deeper. It relates to character, who we are, and how we make a life. Doing is tied in closely with activity, accomplishments, and tangible things—like salary, prestige, involvements, roles, and trophies. Being, on the other hand, has more to do with intangibles, the kind of people we become down inside, much of which can’t be measured by objective yardsticks and impressive awards. But of the two, being will ultimately outdistance doing every time. It may take half a lifetime to perfect . . . but hands down, it’s far more valuable. And lasting. And inspiring.

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Who do you want to be? How is God helping you become that person?

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