I was in a conversation with my mentor this past week about time and how fast it seems to go. He reflected on his almost fifty years of life and began to talk about how our lives are broken up into seasons.

In season one it spans from birth until your twenties. It’s in this span of time that you’re figuring out who you are and what you’re good at. This is where you get to make as many mistakes as possible. For some, they try to manage arriving at death safely and void of mistakes. I don’t think that’s the will of God. He longs for us to …Live, move, and have our being (Acts 17:28 NIV).

In season two one’s life goes from your thirties up until your fifties. This is the season that is purpose critical. It’s at this time you kind of have life figured out, probably married with kids, and involved in some type of career or ministry vocation. It’s this season that I never thought would come. How many times in your first season did you try to rush that season to get to the next because God had spoken a word to you. That’s me. After all – in my first season I spent a third of my life locked up in prison.

In my first season God spoke a word to me about being used mightily in the inner city. What has God spoken to you in your early season of life, and how did you steward that word? Well, I was eager to see it come to pass. One thing is for certain I had to wait. As my mentor talked me through the last season of ones life which has mostly to do with legacy and giving back, I realized one thing: actively waiting with purpose in one season prepares you for the next.

I’m now in season two of my life and it came faster than I thought. What I waited to see in my first season I’m not stewarding in the present season. Guess what? It’s costing me tons of energy, time, stress, and much more, but it’s well worth it.

Friend, whatever season you are in God wants to speak to you. He wants to inspire you with hope. If you’re in a season of waiting for what God said would come to pass – then great. God wants to grow you more than He wants to accelerate you. He’s more interested in who you are becoming than what you will be receiving.

What would you add to this convention?