Recently I was giving my freshman daughter some advice as she was imparking on a new level of chasing her dream to one-day play college volleyball. It’s great to have dreams! So I shared with her as she steps up to the next level in the pursuit of her dream to always stay; humble, hungry, holy, and hopeful.
Pastor’s and church planters – that is some pretty good advice for us as well. As leaders we are all about fulfilling our dreams. We sometimes call that vision – but make no mistake it is a dream. Like a 4th grade boy dreams of playing in the Major League as he hits rocks with his bat, we as spiritual leaders dream of leading a church that will one day make a huge difference for the kingdom of God.
So as you are busy chasing your dreams let me say a brief prayer for you, “May the Father who gave you this God-given dream to chase, may He keep you; humble, hungry, holy, and hopeful.”
Let’s face it guys – one of the things that comes with being the type of leader that can move others into action is the sin of pride. We are tempted to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. The terrible thing about success is that it can undermine success by causing us to become prideful. And we all know that famous verse that, “Pride comes before the fall.”
If God is using you in any way to fulfill that God-given dream of yours let me challenge you to keep your pride in check.
One of the best ways for me to do this is to simply pray. Every time I pray it is a reminder to me that I must depend on God. Prayer is our declaration of dependence on the only one who can use flawed vessels like us to make a difference in the world that we live.
Think about it – if you could do it on your own you would never need to pray. So stay humble and pray a lot.
I pray He keeps you hungry to see God do great things in people’s lives.
Stay hungry my friend!
Stay hungry for the anointing of God on your life.
Stay hungry for lost people to be saved.
Stay hungry for the next level of spiritual growth in you and your people.
The moment you think you have arrived you will begin to die. That is true of you and your church.
Remember the future is your friend – keep leaning into it and asking God to do great and mighty things in the days to come.
Let’s be real, many ministries and ministers have been brought low by immorality.
Over the years I have grieved the loss of some of God’s most gifted leaders. It’s not that the leaders have died, it’s that they were disqualified.
And I’ll let you in on a little secret, most of us are disqualified not when things are going badly in our ministry but when things are going well.
When things are going well we get puffed up, prideful, arrogant and think we are bullet proof. So stay humble and that will help you stay holy.
Don’t give up on that dream! Don’t let the mundane activities of the week build up callouses on your dreams.
God will do what He wants to do in your life and your ministry at just the right time. Your dream will become your badge of courage and your reason for being. And dreams like that are contagious. As you cast vision and follow God-given dreams others will be infected by it and will follow.
So dream big and pray hard my friend because the best is yet to come!