Last night, I had an opportunity to speak at a young adult ministry called Vertical of Faith Christian Family Church at their Wentzville campus — right outside St. Louis, MO.
I felt led to share some things from my heart to young leaders that are …”In the Meantime” seasons of their life. Here are some key points the Holy Spirit is continually working in my life that I believe is crucial for young leaders as they pursue their dreams and visions.
Message Notes from Last Night: In the Meantime …”When in Mid-Journey…”
A Word from God (dream, vision or creative ideas) + The Wisdom of God (The Bible, Council, knowledge applied) = The Will of God (The place or destination from where you are called to work and serve. The sweet spot from where you will flourish):
While in the journey towards a dream or goal, remember these things…
• Perseverance: (Rom 5:3-5) – “And, not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Remember Joseph: his dreams, his journey, his responses, his purpose fulfilled.
• Be Teachable: (Titus 3:2) – “to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” Remember those who have gone before you; especially their successes and their failures because they are always full of great worth and value. Their journey is full of great worth because of the price paid; and full of great value because their lessons learned save time and resources when heeded.
• Communicate with Humility & Conviction: (Col. 4:6) – “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Take notice and adjust your presentation to the audience you are addressing, whether it is those who have gone before you, your peers who walk beside you, or those younger who will follow your lead.
• Protect & Guard Your Dream: – Don’t let circumstances, religious systems, familiar family or friends underestimate your abilities… those discouragements can potentially squeeze the life out of your vision and dream. Learn to protect and guard it at all costs! Build relationships with wise counselors who can and will continually encourage you and breathe life into your dreams and goals.