Five Defining Traits of a History Making Young Leader

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The combination, of ‘you’ and the roller coaster ride called ‘life’, always seems like an imperfect fusion. Trying to live perfectly seems to be most disappointing. It always seems to leave scars, marks, wounds, and regrets.

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It was in 2010, when Jesus challenged my way of life and understanding of ministry, that I began to see things differently from what I learnt and understood it to be. Since then, nothing has ever been the same again. I learnt that life would birth more meaning when we face life one day at a time while learning, gleaning, enjoying and pursuing Jesus even through sharp turns and new thresholds.

Here are first five of those things that I want every young person in my generation to learn and be.

1. Be a Father in the Spirit

It was even before I was married that the Lord spoke to my heart to “father this generation“. I had no idea why and how to do it since I was single. But I have learned that the qualification to be a father in the Lord is not to have a child in the natural.

You don’t need to be in the fifties to love someone unconditionally as a father would. To be a father is to believe in someone when they have nothing visible to celebrate about. [ClickToTweet] To love someone is to invest into someone today, such that one could celebrate their tomorrow.

A leader leads, a father makes leaders.

I encourage you, without expecting titles, honour or anything else in return, to encourage, love and invest into people around you.

2. Be a Leader to a Generation

“Lead by example”, they say. No matter what gender or age you are, God can use you to be an influencer in this generation.

[Please note: Being a father or a leader is not about people calling you a father or a leader.]

You don’t need an invitation to preach to be a leader. Your life is the platform where people see you clearly and learn without you teaching. [ClickToTweet]

What I mean here is that I want you to be intentional in your definition of who you are and what your impact would be in this generation. Every action, each word you speak, every moment you spend with another is an opportunity for you to lead that person in the right way with love.

Don’t miss this opportunity to lead this generation for Jesus! Start today. Renew your mind, your life will create an impact.

3. Be a Fast Overcomer

This has to be on top of the list. The success of a leader is how fast he learns to be an overcomer. Defeat, failure, disappointments and mistakes are part of life. How you overcome that and how fast you get back up is what makes you different.

Don’t wallow in the sin that you have fallen into, and remember it is not over till you have won! [ClickToTweet] Get back up and get back up today!

4. Be a Passionate Student

Every leader, irrespective of their age, must forever be a student of the Holy Spirit and life itself. The day you think you know it all is the day you stop growing. Read the above two lines again and again till you promise to learn from everyone and everything around you!

5. Love Jesus Above Everything

No, not your ministry, vision, dreams, career, people or life, love Jesus over and above EVERYTHING else in your life. We started with Jesus, so we need Jesus for this life to end well.

When nothing else is working, remember, all we need is Jesus!

I want you to know I have great respect for you, my generation. We are special and loved by God. And our generation will see a great revival in this century. Let us stand united, humble and in love.

Yours for Jesus!

Your turn! If you have never left a comment before, I encourage my young friends to drop in a word below.

What is God teaching you lately? I’m listening!

 

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  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

    Prayers for all my precious readers of this post. We need Jesus. Jesus gives us His everything already. I pray we may have the grace to accept it! Love from Sri Lanka!

  • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

    Prayers for all my precious readers of this post. We need Jesus. Jesus gives us His everything already. I pray we may have the grace to accept it! Love from Sri Lanka!

  • cleophas

    Thanks for this post bro. I have seen you apply these 5 traits practically in your life. I thank you for being obedient and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you.

    Continue to make history and release God’s revival.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      And I love u Cleo. Blessings.

  • cleophas

    Thanks for this post bro. I have seen you apply these 5 traits practically in your life. I thank you for being obedient and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. May God bless you.

    Continue to make history and release God’s revival.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      And I love u Cleo. Blessings.

  • KennethmyJesus

    The World is gonna see God’s power like neva before…..buckle up….We are nearing those days!!!!!….A wonderful post….

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Amen! Believing that the best is yet to come!

  • KennethmyJesus

    The World is gonna see God’s power like neva before…..buckle up….We are nearing those days!!!!!….A wonderful post….

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Amen! Believing that the best is yet to come!

  • Harry Cruz

    Learning to Love Jesus above all!!! Our generation is blessed to have someone like you bro who does “walk the talk” leading by example, it is such a blessing to have Fathers like you in our generation. And Yes we will see a great revival sweep the nations in this century. Bless you Bro!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      My eyes filled reading that!!! Yes. In Jesus name we shall see it.

  • Harry Cruz

    Learning to Love Jesus above all!!! Our generation is blessed to have someone like you bro who does “walk the talk” leading by example, it is such a blessing to have Fathers like you in our generation. And Yes we will see a great revival sweep the nations in this century. Bless you Bro!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      My eyes filled reading that!!! Yes. In Jesus name we shall see it.

  • JustChristianXD

    I believe that someday all humans will become Christians. :)

    • nimawilson

      Amen! Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Rom 14:11

  • JustChristianXD

    I believe that someday all humans will become Christians. :)

    • nimawilson

      Amen! Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Rom 14:11

  • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

    Loved this post. very empowering.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Yes, it was! Thanks Kim! So grateful God is allowing GTH to fulfill its’ heartbeat – empower generations for Jesus!

  • http://www.olivedose.com/ Kim D’Souza

    Loved this post. very empowering.

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Yes, it was! Thanks Kim! So grateful God is allowing GTH to fulfill its’ heartbeat – empower generations for Jesus!

  • http://twitter.com/robinflyhigh Robin Singh

    A leader leads, a father makes leaders, Thank you Shy for being fathers to many. Good God Continue to Bless You Abundantly…

    • nimawilson

      So true Robin! Well said!

  • robinflyhigh

    A leader leads, a father makes leaders, Thank you Shy for being fathers to many. Good God Continue to Bless You Abundantly…

    • nimawilson

      So true Robin! Well said!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vianney.dsouza Vianny D’Souza

    “Above everything all we need is Jesus”. Beautifully said..! Poweful post, GTH is turning out to be a magnet which draws me to Jesus..!

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Praise God for it Vianny! There is no better place to be than at the feet of Jesus. May you continue to draw closer to Him! God bless.

  • Vianny D’Souza

    “Above everything all we need is Jesus”. Beautifully said..! Poweful post, GTH is turning out to be a magnet which draws me to Jesus..!

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Praise God for it Vianny! There is no better place to be than at the feet of Jesus. May you continue to draw closer to Him! God bless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/awakeindia.prayforindia Awake India PrayforIndia

    thank u so much dear man of God we love u so much , thank u for such an encouragement may God use u mightly in coming days we are always ther to pra for u and ur ministry . keep guiding us love u so much dear brother in Christ .

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Thank u so much! I appreciate that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/awakeindia.prayforindia Awake India PrayforIndia

    thank u so much dear man of God we love u so much , thank u for such an encouragement may God use u mightly in coming days we are always ther to pra for u and ur ministry . keep guiding us love u so much dear brother in Christ .

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Thank u so much! I appreciate that.

  • Ligin Abraham

    Powerful!! right from the Heart of GOD..we start with Jesus and end in HIM..

    Thank you soo much for this post..

    God bless you!.

    • nimawilson

      Amen! HE is the author and finisher of our faith. Let us remain focused on HIM.
      God bless!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome mon!

  • Ligin Abraham

    Powerful!! right from the Heart of GOD..we start with Jesus and end in HIM..

    Thank you soo much for this post..

    God bless you!.

    • nimawilson

      Amen! HE is the author and finisher of our faith. Let us remain focused on HIM.
      God bless!

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome mon!

  • Sharon Simon

    I am edified by this blog post !

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Such an encouragement to hear that sister. Thank you for letting us know!

  • Sharon Simon

    I am edified by this blog post !

    • http://www.twitter.com/MelPhilipnery Melanie Philipnery

      Such an encouragement to hear that sister. Thank you for letting us know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Selvam-Nadar/100001962442775 Selvam Nadar

    I thank God for this wonderful revelation. Thanks bro posting.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Selvam. Welcome to GTH blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Selvam-Nadar/100001962442775 Selvam Nadar

    I thank God for this wonderful revelation. Thanks bro posting.

    • http://www.shyjumathew.com/ Shyju Mathew

      Most welcome Selvam. Welcome to GTH blog.

  • Snehal

    The very much encouraging spritual food…!!!
    Loved it n keep me in prayers so that i grow more in God..!!!

    • nimawilson

      Glad to know that you were encouraged Snehal! As a team we will pray that you grow stronger in The Lord.
      Blessings!

  • Snehal

    The very much encouraging spritual food…!!!
    Loved it n keep me in prayers so that i grow more in God..!!!

    • nimawilson

      Glad to know that you were encouraged Snehal! As a team we will pray that you grow stronger in The Lord.
      Blessings!

  • Lincy Christudas

    wow…wonderful post bro…Yes, all i need is Jesus!

  • Lincy Christudas

    wow…wonderful post bro…Yes, all i need is Jesus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.ann.79230305 Melissa Ann

    JESUS indeed is above everything i have or own in this world…No matter what happens God has promised that HE will make me the head and not the tail…so, have faith and nothing come com across your path and as well as mine…GOD BLESS

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.ann.79230305 Melissa Ann

    JESUS indeed is above everything i have or own in this world…No matter what happens God has promised that HE will make me the head and not the tail…so, have faith and nothing come com across your path and as well as mine…GOD BLESS

  • pianistforchrist

    God is teaching me humility at this season of my life. I never thought i had pride until i read a book i borrowed from my church library. It said that, when we complain eg: y am i ugly? or y does this happen to me? THAT’S PRIDE! i’ve always asked that question to myself until i read tht book. God is currently in d process of humbling me so I’m feeling a bit ‘broken’ lately. Pls pray for me :)

    • nimawilson

      It’s good to know that God uses every possible way to teach us. We will surely pray for you. May God fill you with His abundant Grace.
      God bless you

    • nimawilson

      It’s good to know that God uses every possible way to teach us. We will surely pray for you. May God fill you with His abundant Grace.
      God bless you

  • pianistforchrist

    God is teaching me humility at this season of my life. I never thought i had pride until i read a book i borrowed from my church library. It said that, when we complain eg: y am i ugly? or y does this happen to me? THAT’S PRIDE! i’ve always asked that question to myself until i read tht book. God is currently in d process of humbling me so I’m feeling a bit ‘broken’ lately. Pls pray for me :)

    • nimawilson

      It’s good to know that God uses every possible way to teach us. We will surely pray for you. May God fill you with His abundant Grace.
      God bless you

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