Yesterday was such a necessary change of scenery for me. I worked from Starbucks in the morning, then from Books A Million in the afternoon. My energy was off the charts! I created and created and created… there is just something about being in a public place with a laptop and ear phones. The ambiance of diversity and motion! So, here I am again this morning, working here until noon-unless my productivity drops through some unforeseen distraction.
There was a guy who sat across the room from me @ Starbucks for about two hours yesterday. I felt like he and I were supposed to talk, like I was supposed to initiate a conversation with him… but I didn’t. I just prayed that he would return this morning.
Last night, we had another new Christian prayer meeting at Destiny Family Center. It was possibly my favorite one yet! We didn’t lead anyone to Christ. No, last night was all about raising these new Christians to the next level. Here is what I taught those guys…
Learn as You Teach-It Is Your Time to Shine!
In Matthew 10:27, Jesus said to his young disciples, “What I tell you now in the darkness, shout abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!”
Jesus didn’t make his disciples wait until they were certified theologians before he sent them into ministry. While the Bible warns about the danger of exalting a novice, it is very clear about commissioning new believers when their new fire is still burning brightly!
We must teach and model the heart and character of Jesus for our emerging generations. We must impart to them, a humble posture and a high respect for their elder generations. We must dedicate our whole lives to the acceleration of their growth… to give them advantages we did not have ourselves. We must show them how to become exceptional students. We must cultivate their teachability and give them the protection of strong accountability.
One thing I have learned (from experience), is that exceptional students have to be empowered and released at just the right time, or their fire will definitely burn out.
Powerful leaders recognize when it is time to raise up their exceptional students. They know when that exact moment matures and when the Lord says, “EMPOWER them and RELEASE them!” Then as the exceptional student gets his first taste of teaching and leading, he will need further assistance through the process of STANDING OUT!
The process of release goes something like this:
- You watch me do something I am skilled to do.
- You do it yourself with my close and loving assistance.
- You step out with new skill and confidence, and you do it without me.
Education comes in various forms:
- The student is educated in the classroom.
- The student is educated through exceptional mentorship.
- The student is educated with experience.
- The student is educated as he teaches and leads.
During last night’s prayer meeting, it hit me! Something shot through my heart as Zack Hoskinson was reading the Bible and telling me what God was showing him through the verses. Then Joel, Ian, and Brian joined the discussion… then everyone else. The room was energized with a revelation of their PROGRESS. Some of these guys have only been serving God for 90 days… and their picture of God is off the charts!
So I went with my spiritual impulse and asked some of these guys to preach tonight at Destiny Family Center. I gave them so tips on preaching and they all spent the night at Ian’s house, preparing their message! I cannot wait for tonight!!
True, there is a risk in raising up young leaders. But the risk of not raising them up is far greater.
Dear God, please keep your hand on their lives as they step into this next level. Please give me and my fellow leaders the kind of heart and dedication we need to raise up this next generation! Their potential is so unfathomable. Our opportunity of is huge here. Increase your anointing in our lives so that we may carry this sacred trust… and that success far exceeds ours. Amen!
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Have a beautiful Wednesday everyone! Do something FUN, it’s still the Christmas holiday season, remember?
With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!