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Developed or Discovered

I work with leaders from the age 13-60.  Many of them want positions of authority.  Some have had a lot of leadership experience and some none at all.  The most successful leaders are not the ones that are fighting for position but those who are quick to learn and ask a lot of questions.  They are concerned with being developed.

I am 32 years old this year.  I am reviewing my 20’s and I see a them.  There were times when I tried to prove myself so I would be discovered as a great leader.  Those times were always full of conflict and insecurity.  Then there were times when I was all about being developed, not striving or proving anything.  I recognized my need for growth huge in this time.  I found mentors and leaders who could help me.  I did what they said whether it made sense or not.  I grew a ton! Also, leadership opportunity came my way. 

Jesus was God’s son and Jesus was about 30 when He started his ministry.  Why not 18 after all he is God in flesh.  Joseph was 30 when He was promoted 2nd in command of Egypt, before that he was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in a political prison. David was about 30 when He was finally given the role of King of Israel.  All of them had been given a dream years before that. God waited until they were developed before they were given position. 

Can you imaging being Jesus at 25.  You know who you are and the mission you have been called to and you have to wait.  From age 12 – 30 we have one verse.

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Weird thought isn’t it. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and favor with God.  Jesus needed developed.  Even at 30 he is saying my time hasn’t come.  Can you imagine Mary?  She has a virgin birth, and I am sure everyone believes the engaged pregnant woman saying she has not had sex.  She wants her son discovered for who He is. 

Joseph has a vision of greatness. He tell his family who you would hope supports his dreams, and he gets sold into slavery by his brothers.  If Joseph is to one day lead an Egyptian amy being in the caption of the guards house, in charge of everything in the house.  Maybe God is up to something.  If farmer boy is going to be 2nd in command of the greatest nation on earth, learning politics in a political prison doesn’t seem that far out.  As a prisoner, Joseph is put in charge of the prison. Slavery and a prisoner would not his first choice, but he was developed into who God wanted him to be. 

You might feel stuck in obscurity and that you have not been discovered yet in the dream that God has for you, but God has a tendency to test his people in the place of obscurity to see if they will be humble and be developed or just whine about their circumstances.  God has GREAT THING planned for you life, but He wants you focused on being developed so He can trust you being discovered.  Who is further in the journey that you need to have mentor you?  What job do you have you need to do your very best in?

Go be Vital!

Recklessly obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Live a Better Story

One of the most frustrating things for me, is someone who has so much potential but lacks the drive or focus to realize it.  At the core of my being I believe we are created in the image of God and in that image we have be designed to live great stories.  I think most people believe that.  Due to that belief we know there is a better story than the one we are currently leaving, what if you really could live a better story?

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord

The promise of knowing God, being loved by God, and living the future he designed for us is a better story than we are currently living.  So think about your story… Do you know God?  Do you know the depths of His love for you?  Are you living the fullness of the future that is planned for you?

Today I want to think about the future of your life… Is your relationships reflecting God’s future? Does your finances reflect God’s blessing and generosity?  Does your time reflect God’s values?  Does your health reflect his wisdom?  Does your time alone with Him reflect His worth?

I don’t ask these questions to make you feel bad, but to challenge you to something more.  If you focused on one thing for the next few months, what would make the biggest difference?

Write it down.  Now what are three things you could do in the next 3 months that would make a difference?  When will you do these things?

GO DO IT! Make a difference and live a better story.

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus 

Brandon Sereg

Have Grits

My wife and I have been working on instilling a core value into our kids. Of all our values, this is the hardest one to explain.  The value is “Have Grit.”  My seven year old daughter heard this was a family values she heard… “have grits”  She tells me that she does not like grits but would like our value to be “have pancakes.”  So my family values according to my seven year old would be…

Follow Jesus
Take Courage
Choose Joy
Have Pancakes

I agree pancakes are good but not quite family value level.  So then I started working on how do you explain grit to a child.  I want my kids to grow up to be adults with grit.  I wrote down ideas of how to explain this.  I came up with “Sereg’s don’t quit” or “We like a challenge”  Then it hit me… “we do hard things and we finish them.”

I have been on a one year Bible reading plan, and God has really highlighted the men and women who had grit.  They were put in impossible situation where normal men and women would crumble or quit.  These heros of our faith are not heros or worthy of writing about without these great challenges.  The fact that it was hard and that they finished strong, causes us to tell our children their stories.  David kills the giant. Benaiah chases the lion. Esther challenges the law. Joseph forgives his brothers. Abram leaves everything he knows. Peter preaches Jesus after the crucifixion of Jesus. 

So then I thought, when did they find the courage to do this really hard thing?  Was it the courage in the moment, they found an internal strength they didn’t know they had?  Was it God’s grace that they obeyed to the point of risking their life?  I do think this was a defining moment and I certainly believe apart from grace they would not have done this… However I believe something more.  I think they decided ahead of time that they would hard things and finish them.  They developed grit before these epic moments.  Why did every person in the Bible face tragedy?  Is it because God is cruel and makes this life hard?  Is it the devil?  Or is it a loving father who knows when the struggle, meets His grace, meets “have grit” that the world will marvel by how great God is and that God’s greatness lives in men. 

In my life, marriage is hard, parenting is hard, ministry is hard, and love is hard.  I decided along time ago that I do hard things and I finish them.  It is the struggle that builds strength.  It is the perseverance that builds character.  It is the epic moment in our stories that reveal our grit.  We all want to be victorious and be known as an overcomer, but do we want to finish hard things.

So what is hard in your life?  How are you responding?  Are you trying get out of the hard thing?  Are you blaming someone for the problem?  Or do you “have grit” and finish hard things?  

Do hard things and finish them… Have Grit

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

I’m grateful because…

Today we are going to do something different…

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Instead of spending the next 10 minutes reading a devotional, I challenge you to text 10 people who you are grateful for and to tell them why. It should read like this… “I am thankful for you because… you love people so well, you made me feel special on my birthday, you are alway there for me, or any number of reasons”

 

Ready Go!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

The Coach

Have you ever had a great coach? They could push you beyond your limits and lead you to believe you could do more than you currently were.  You would work, fight and bleed for them.  Then you would come back the next day to do it again.  They believed in you and you were better because of them. 

Have you ever had a bad coach?  They would push you beyond your limits and you hated them for it.  They brought the worst in you.  You work, fight and bleed wishing it the coach would die. Then you would cringe to think about going back.  They thought highly of themselves and used you to make them great. 

I think all of us have had these kinds of people in our lives.  They may not be coaches but family, a boss, or even our parents. We have people we look up to because of who they were in our lives.  We aspire to inspire people the way they do.  Their words spoken so long ago still ring in the depths of our soul.  The opposite is true as well.  We have people we think so poorly of.  We want to never be like them or associate with people like them.  However their words tend to ring in our souls as well. 

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

Paul is raising up a young man named Timothy.  Paul play a father in Timothy’s life.  Timothy has taken the pastoral leadership role of a Church Paul has planted.  This is a huge role in the early church.  Paul has affirmed Timothy in his true identity in Christ, earlier in the letter.  Now Paul is coaching Timothy in what to do to fulfill the needs of the church and his role in it.  He starts by saying “don’t let people look down on you because you are young.”  Paul sad this because that is what people were saying. Paul says to rise above the people’s accusations by setting the example.  Then he gives practical advice for how to do it.  Speak Identity! Speak Encouragement! Speak Practically what to do!

So we all have people who look to us to set an example.  Your words carry great weight.  My question is what kind of a coach do you play?  Do you make other people better or are people a tool to get to your goal?  The words you speak, do they give life or take it?  How do they ring in people’s soul?  What kind of impact are you making?  Is it what you want?

So who can you encourage today?  What words do you need to say to make a difference?  GO DO IT! SPEAK IT!

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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