As a young leader, it can be frustrating accepting your current spot in the journey. You have big dreams, huge visions, tons of ideas and you just want an opportunity to go after them. A lot of you are just going for it, but even then, maybe its not working out like you thought.
I understand completely how you feel. Waiting stinks, but its necessary. But its also a matter of perspective. Waiting gives you an opportunity to grow. Waiting gives you an opportunity to build a foundation. Waiting is actually a part of your journey, because in reality, if you are focused on your vision, you’ll see the “waiting” as actually steps towards your vision, not something slowing you down.
One of my favorite leadership books is Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybles…
It the preface, Bill says its taken him 20 years to be able to write that book. Every time he thought he was ready, he realized he wasn’t. Those thoughts rocked my world the first time I read them because if it’s taken one of the best leaders in church today 20 years to write a book on leading, then its going to take me a long time of “waiting” to reach my big goals too. But, that’s where its ok if the perspective is right, because in the waiting, the Lord gets a lot done!
If you’re not doing what you want to do yet, or you feel like you’re waiting in the shadows, or 3rd string, or anything of that sort, take this time to grow, to learn, to get your hands dirty. Don’t view waiting as evil, but as an opportunity.