Tim recently graduated from Liberty University, got married, and moved back to Canada to serve as the director of a summer student ministry team north of Toronto, Canada. He loves coffee, cats, hockey and has a passion for leading kids into growing relationships with Jesus.
In this episode, we talk about life change, why your character matters and how Tim has found accountability; both recently as a newlywed and while he was playing D1 hockey at Liberty. There’s also a special announcement at the end of the episode, Tim is joining the podcast team! Welcome, Tim.
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Takeaways from the Episode
1. Start Developing Leaders Really Early
The best way to develop great leaders is to Invite people into leadership young…really young.
Affirm gifts of leadership in kids really young and then release them to lead. Make sure they’re not hung out to dry, make sure they have mentors and support all around them, but give them challenges. People are just waiting to be challenged. Discipleship should include leadership development from the start. From the very beginning, Jesus was teaching his disciples to lead as they were trying out leadership themselves. As leaders, we have the opportunity and privilege to lead the next generations and encourage them to lead.
2. Who are You, Really?
We believe it is so important to develop and guard your heart because everything you do flows from the state of your heart. So how is your heart? Tim offers a really concrete way to give yourself a heart check. Ask yourself this question: “Who am I when nobody is watching?” As Tim put it, you truly are who you are when nobody is watching. When the lights haven’t been turned on, when you’re all alone, and when nobody is there to stop or encourage you, that’s who you truly are. So who are you when nobody is watching you?
3. Accountability in a Mirror?
Who do you have around you who is willing and able to hold you accountable? You can’t find accountability in a mirror. Yet, so many people try to do exactly that. They say, “I’ve got this,” “I can do it on my own,” “I’m strong enough, determined enough, capable enough.” All of us have tried to rely on our own strength before, but sooner or later these habits and practices catch up with us. You can’t find accountability in a mirror, so go find it in someone you trust.
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