Every leader wants influence. We want our voice to be heard. I will never forget sitting on the floor of my office, using my couch as a desk, crying out to God and wondering why He brought me to NC just to suffer. I wondered why He removed me from a place of influence over young peoples lives only to put me in a place where I knew no one and my influence was non-existent.
We just crossed the four year mark of our time here in NC. Today I pastor a church of 100 people. That’s 100 people who I get to influence every week. I play a role in a larger organization where I get to teach, coach, and encourage dozens of church planters – who will in turn influence hundreds or even thousands of people. And today over coffee I sat with leaders from a church of 15,000 people who want to learn from my courageous friends at STORYCHURCH.
I hesitate to share things like this because I certainly don’t want anyone to think this is about me. It’s not about me. It’s never been about any of us. It’s about God accomplishing his work in and through us. And sometimes God has to wreck us in order to use us.
Moses was tending sheep on the backside of a desert before he became the leader of millions.
David brought the cheese to his brothers, the real warriors, before he became the king of Israel.
Abraham was a childless pagan before he became the father of many nations.
Gideon was the smallest of men in the smallest family in the smallest tribe before he became the deliver of Israel.
Peter was a fisherman, and by all accounts he wasn’t very good at that either.
You and I have no idea what God wants to do through us. Today you may feel like a nobody. You may be sitting in a room alone wondering how this dream of yours could ever happen.
Don’t give up. Don’t let the dream die. Be faithful today with what you have today. You can’t fast forward. You don’t want to fast forward – trust me. This valley, this moment isn’t a distraction from your dream. It’s the vehicle through which God is qualifying you to do the thing he has put in your heart. Don’t waste the wilderness time. Don’t quit during the wilderness. Don’t grow bitter. Don’t try and force God’s hand. Don’t take a shortcut. Just be faithful. Learn what you need to learn. Grow. Read. Prepare.
The best is yet to come.