If you are a parent—or really, anyone, because we’ve all been children—you’ve probably said or heard things like, “If you want to do this, you’re going to have to be more responsible. If you want a car, you have to prove you can be responsible with it. If you want those sneakers, you must show me you can take care of your possessions.”
The truth is that we really don’t know what’s best for us all the time. We may pray, “God, I want this right now.” And God may release it to us just to let us experience what a blessing given prematurely feels like. On the other hand, if He sees we’re not ready, He may withhold it. Anyone who’s lived for just a little while knows to thank God for withholding what we cannot handle—that withholding is an act of love. If God steps into your situation and performs a miracle, often, in order for the miracle to fulfill what it was sent to do, you must respond. The miracle comes to move you out of the desert and into the fertile plain, out of the prison and into the city, out of one phase of your Next Level journey and into another.
For us to flourish in the coming phase of our Next Level leadership journey, we will need to lead responsibly; teaching the team we lead to trust each other and to trust the One who controls every business, every ministry, every family, and all of life. He knows exactly when we are ready and when we are...... doors open.
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