Everyone has done it. Someone along our path has asked us where we want to see ourselves in five or ten years. I suppose this was asked most of me during my last two years of high school. At one time, I wanted to be a symphony orchestra conductor. I remember another time when I wanted to be governor of Tennessee. From what I can remember from 2010 (my senior year of high school), I was planning on being a nurse specializing in geriatric care. I wanted to be married with 2 kids and a house somewhere in West Tennessee or North Alabama (very close to home).
So here I am ten years removed from high school. I’m 27 years old, married with 3 kids. I graduated college with a music education degree. After teaching for 3 years and leading worship bi-vocationally in my home state of Tennessee, I now lead musical worship full-time at a church in Georgia…a place I never thought I’d be! So now that we’re at this stage, where do I see myself in ten more years? I know for sure that I’ll be 37, married for 14 years with at least 3 kids. One of them will be a fresh teenager with the others not far behind. But what about the unsure?
As far as my family is concerned, I hope that I will have listened to enough people, read enough books, and followed God’s leading to be 10x the husband and dad I am now. I know there is still a lot to learn. I REALLY hope that I’ll have finished my master’s degree by then, putting it to use in conferences, retreats, and maybe even some undergraduate programs in church music and worship leading at institutions of Christian higher education. I’d like to think that I’ll have remained at my current job, seeing significant growth from eleven years of labor. With the current trend among millenials in the work force, longevity at one job is rare and I’d like to be an anomaly of that trend. With that, I’d love to be in financial stability with a home big enough for our family. By financial stability, I mean debt is minimal with the exception of perhaps a mortgage or car payment. I hope that I will have traveled to places I’ve never been, checking off more states on my bucket list to visit all 50. Places I’d really love to visit in that time would be Washington D.C., Boston, New Hampshire, and the American West. My siblings will be older and most likely married with a couple of children, so I can’t wait to see what my future nieces and nephews will be like.
Where do you want to be in ten years?