At some point kids grow up. Sometimes you don’t want them to, but they do. On other occasions they don’t want to grow up; you need to muster the courage and push them on. Regardless of the pull or push aspect of the change, the harsh reality is that the change from childish things to a more adult way of looking at life involves far more adjustments than either side realizes. During the past thirty years I have nurtured more young adults into a slightly more grown-up way of working than I care to admit. As I replay of few of those transitions there are several themes, sayings really, which transcend every individual.
“You may not think you are ready. You’re probably right. Time will take care of that; now is the time to do your stuff.”
“I know you have no idea of what you are doing; they don’t. Trust the process. Take the steps. You know far more than you realize.”
“You can make your requests directly to him [God] in relation to this life I've revealed to you. I won't continue making requests of the Father on your behalf.” (John 16.26)
“The risks you see are real. Everything is at stake and you may fail. Knowing and feeling this is a big part of life. Enjoy the moment.”
“It may seem like I’ve disappeared. I haven’t. I will always be watching, hoping, and praying for you. Close your eyes and remember. Call and I’ll answer.”
Not everyone I have worked with makes it to the big time. I do know that everyone I have had the opportunity to share a few steps with has encouraged and left me with more hope than I had before they came into my life. I hope I have done the same.
As I talk with them I find myself reveling in how they have grown, matured, and taken bold steps. I know the steps are not easy. They never are. Yet each is an opportunity to share in a new creation. Courage!