20 Thoughts For Your 20's

We all want to succeed.
With the evolution of social media anyone with a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest can "succeed," or at least seem like they are getting the most of out life.

In our 20's we are all mindless idiots just trying to figure out how we are going to pay rent and buy our next statement piece at the same time. I've been dealing with the idea of "success" and how to really "make it" while only being 22. I've found the answer: you don't. Everyone else is their 20's is just as lost as I am, we are all navigating the waters of trying to do what we love and what we have to. So often we find ourselves idolizing those that have "made it" when our journey can't even be compared to theirs. God has called you and I to a completely different path, one with an outcome that we can't even fathom.

In the famous words of Kevin Hart "You Do You Boo Boo!"

Be you.

The world doesn't need another Vine or Insta famous person, we need you, and me. The better you and I can just focus on becoming the best we can be, the closer success becomes. What is real success in your 20's? Is it landing a dream internship or falling in love? Is it being able to pay your bills on time? You define what success looks like to you. For me, I've defined it as being able to grow and be true to myself while helping others navigate their success. My passion in life is people. Success to me is deliberately related to those I'm able to impact. What is success for you? Finding out what you're passionate about is a good place to start.

20 Thoughts For Your 20's:

  1. Social Media is not real life, it's what people want you to think real life is.
  2. Don't be fooled, everyone else in their 20's is just as confused as you are.
  3. No one really has it "all together."
  4. Just because your first credit card has a high credit limit, doesn't mean you can spend that much.
  5. Needs before Wants. Always.
  6. A Range Rover and/or a new statement piece is not a need.
  7. Reading will be a new kind of rewarding. Make time for it.
  8. Surround yourself with people who are better than you.
  9. Cutting ties with friends who drag you down is beneficial. You don't want that weight later in life.
  10. Get rid of people who prohibit you from dreaming.
  11. Travel. Travel. Travel. (but not on your new credit card)
  12. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
  13. You will fail - Embrace it. Get up. Learn.
  14. It's actually very invigorating to wake up early. Your life will be built on this.
  15. Make it a point when you go out to connect with someone you don't know.
  16. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself.
  17. Some of the best things in life happen when you just go with it.
  18. Leave your insecurities at the door, we all have them, no need to let them interfere.
  19. Find a mentor.
  20. Run relentlessly towards your passion.

Longevity

Play for Legacy - Chess not Checkers
 

Will you outlast the temporary?

 


4 Time Management Tips For Leaders [ReBlog]

I get to meet lots of leaders. Some are young, some are old, but without a doubt the ones who get the most done always manage their time well.
Most young leaders I meet have no idea how to manage their time. I’m one decade into what I pray will be a lifetime of ministry, and I have made plenty of mistakes, but there are four time management tips I have learned. I pray these will help you as you grow in leadership, by God’s grace.

1. STOP

Most young leaders do too much. In my early twenties, I tried everything out and was average at lots of things, but not good at very much. It was a smorgasbord of singing on a worship team, leading a community group, running a video camera for live events, making announcements, overseeing activities at a summer camp, and on and on. The only connection was that I did them all. I was well on my way to epitomizing the slogan, “jack of all trades, master of none.”

Most young leaders do too much.

It’s fine to try things out, and it’s natural as young leaders find their place. But eventually you need to find what you are uniquely able to do that others can’t do.

The New Testament church is often called the body of Christ. Paul explains that members of the church have been given gifts and need to work together as members of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12). How has God uniquely gifted you? What has he called you to do?

2. SABBATH

It was my first vocational ministry job as a youth pastor in an established church. I was new to the church, students, and ministry rhythms. There was much to do, and I was excited to do the work. For the first few months, I could not stay away from the church. On my intended Sabbath day I would sleep in, but eventually I would go to the church because there was work to be done. Those months I wore myself out because I did not allow myself to rest.

Eventually you need to find what you are uniquely able to do that others can’t do.

You have to take a day off to rest or Sabbath. It is counterintuitive, but you are actually more productive when you take time to rest. God set the pattern for us when he worked for six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen. 2:2). When you take the time to Sabbath, you should not only rest, but also connect with your Lord and Savior. Learn to rest.

When do you Sabbath? What does your Sabbath look like?

3. SET PRIORITIES

Make sure what’s most important gets done. As a young communicator in ministry, I would get everything ready for that week’s service before starting the message. In my mind, it was more efficient to get 9 of 10 things done than to get 1 of 10 things done. As you can imagine, there were lots of bad messages taught and preached. Leaning into my natural gifting was not enough to make up for not prioritizing my preparation.

You are actually more productive when you take time to rest.

Having a to-do list can help you get things done. Having a prioritized to-do list helps you get the most important things done. Setting priorities allows you to arrange your time to accomplish your goals. Even Jesus stayed focused on the mission he was sent on.

What’s the most important thing for you to accomplish this week, this day, and this time-block?

4. SAVE SPACE

Ministering to people happens when you least expect it. Working for a church, I quickly realized that people dropping in unannounced was the norm.

People needing to meet with me, their pastor, started to mess up my schedule. Didn’t they know I had ministry to get to? I doubt many of those people left feeling well cared for by their pastor. God was kind enough to lead me to realize how wrong I was (Rom. 2:4).

Ministering to people happens when you least expect it.

Save space in your life for the unexpected. I have found that the random conversations, interruptions, and drop-in meetings often are some of the most fruitful times. I have learned to set aside margin in my day and week for people and things I did not plan for. Think of how many people Jesus ministered to who interrupted him along the way.

Where is the space in your life?

[Reblog, Original Article http://theresurgence.com/2014/02/27/4-time-management-tips-for-leaders]


Are You Ready For The Journey?


Climbing The Mountain

There once was a young man who lived in a valley. This valley was very deep in the woods surrounded by tick forest and vast rivers. His life was rough. It felt like every time he tried to leave his home and pursue something greater, something better than his valley, it was just one disappointment after another. He often dreamed that things would change. Sometimes he would make his way to a clearing in the valley and look up and the majestic mountain peaks that towered high about the valley where he lived. He would imagine himself standing on the peak of the mountains that surrounded him. In those few short moments he felt better, then he began comparing the mountain tops to his valley, and it only made him feel worse.

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