We were invited by our senior pastor for an evening of dinner and fellowship at their place. I came early together with 3 more fellow campus missionaries. While we waited for the married once to come, we had one of the most empowering and liberating conversations with our senior pastor. He asked a question about our status, whether if we are single or in a relationship, we responded that we are all single at the time, with the vision of marriage. He then continued to share his testimony, He got married at the age of 32 and was able to travel different places and nations before getting married.
His liberating words was, enjoy your season you have all the time now, because when your married you wouldn’t be able to do the things like you were single. He said go and enjoy the ministry, travel to places you’ve never been.
While he was speaking, I just felt so encourage that I have the best time now, and the joy in my heart to hear a very empowering words from him, this was a liberating moment. No pressure just enjoy your season, take your time, that was wow moment.
Then the conversation shifted to savings , investments and insurance. It was a vision casting in preparation for greater things to come, have an emergency fund, have savings for travel, save for your marriage, believe for a car, travel abroad. When that moment comes you’ll buy that ring , or when you’ll get married you’ll easily be able to provide.
3 things I realize about this…
- Leaders values your season
- Leaders empowers you to maximize your season
- Leaders communicates vision towards season
I thought to myself….
- Do I speak of value of the different seasons of the people that surrounds me and to those that has been entrusted to me?
- Do I encourage and empower them to maximize their season to the full?
- Do I communicate vision more than communicating the current status?
- Do I impart financial stewarship?
More than what was communicated about enjoying the season, I learned a leadership characteristic worth emulating.