Pearls of wisdom… makes me wish I was 30 years younger so I could start working on that list before I was 30…
3 Things to do before you’re 30
Several days ago a young man asked me what advice I had for him concerning his life. My general advice to all young people is pray more, risk more, love more. But there are three specific things you as a young person need to do while you’re still in your 20’s. Call it a “Before-I’m-30 Bucket List.”
1. Spend 2 years overseas
understand the wild world in which we live. Paul was that to many. He
discipled them by taking them with him on is trips. They benefited from
his experience and didn’t have to make all the missteps that Paul made.
We need to find a Paul in our lives. Yesterday a young man I don’t know
called me up and asked to be discipled. Since he was referred by a
friend, after a short interview as I was going through the Atlanta
airport, I said “yes.” If you have never been discipled, you owe it to
others to pass on what you’ve received. If you’ve been a Timothy, then
find others to pour into. The only qualification to disciple others is
that you be one step ahead of them, able to show them how to avoid a
few of potholes and where to find life and encouragement. It doesn’t
have to be an overwhelming thing. If you’re interested in growing as a
discipler, you may want to read more of the blogs I’ve written on the
So what do you do when you’re over 30 and nobody will agree to disciple you? Or maybe they oblige, but they never follow through or you hear from them once a month? I’m not talking about a group Bible study. I mean a one on one discipleship relationship.
Can I just wind the clock back 20 years and try again?? lol! Good advice you young guys’n’gals – go for it!
SUPER advice! My kids are getting the push to do this stuff, for sure. And not so bad for us over 30 people either… esp if you have enough latitude in work and family life to make it happen at some point!
I have found God putting people in my path right and left to help as soon as He knew it was time … and thank God, there’s a tribe of folks ahead of me to give me guidance too!
Bobbie: connect on here and you will find someone who I’m sure can help online … but where do you live? Pray and ask the Lord to send someone. He will answer…
You are right on, Seth, with all 3 points….in fact I am sending this post to all of my grandchildren…this generation is looking for something not only to live for, but die for as well….they are visionary, challenging, full of energy …I envy the opportunities that are afforded to them to be ‘pushed out’ of their comfort zone….every person needs a mentor and another person to mentor…for women, it is challenge of Titus 2…I remember posting in my journal some 15 years ago the following….”Lord, I embrace the task of teaching younger women, but where are they?” I have sensed realized that I was doing this all along but unaware that God was using me in this manner. Conferences/retreats are great but nothing replaces the “one on one” interaction with another…our lives need to be observed “close up” so that we not only “teach” but “train” by the manner in which we personally live.
I agree with Carol C but, for me, it is “Can I turn the clock back 50 years?”
Thanks for the blog Seth! I always appreciate your advice in regards to these topics! I am figuring out now what this will look like in the years ahead before I’m 30 = ) and realizing how quickly that will come.
But as for today, I will Pray More, Risk More and Love More…and tomorrow too!
have a great day!
I have prayed! I live in Indiana.
I like this “Before-I’m-30 Bucket List.” Megan- I agree. I’m looking ahead and realizing how fast 30 is going to approach. I’m working towards the living overseas and living in community, but I need to put effort into finding a mentor.
Thank you for your post. I am currently 30 and my wife is 29. We are 3 months pregnant. We have preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, in the streets, parks, restaurants, gas stations, drive thru restaurants. We have seen hundreds saved and touched by the Spirit of God. Praise God many lives have been changed. Both of us are called to be missionaries to preached the good news. Your advice is very encouraging! To saved up, relase our faith and step into what God almighty is calling us to do!!!
Thank you my brother and praise God for all those who seek His Kingdom and Will.
I have lived in community many years …and was discipled in that setting. However, I’ve never been overseas! Perhaps I can put that in my “BEFORE SIXTY bucket”!
Great post, and remember that if you are over 30, it is never to late to blow up your life!!!!
Joyce and Lisa,
Would love to connect with both of you! [email protected]. Thank you and blessings to all on this God driven day!
Hey Bobbie – Click on the “Need Discipleship” button above and they can help make some connections for you… I live in FL, but have a few friends in Indianapolis … I wonder if there’s a way to do it virtually for awhile… blessings to you…
I tried that. I was looking for more. I’m three hours from Indy.
I need some unbias advice
Waiting on God’s timing. Doors are opening for ministry, but I’m just not taking them, because I am cautious in not taking or embarking on something driven by man and not God driven. Its easy to get carry away with every other’s man dreams or purposes and then make them ours, simply because we need a purpose. Any advice on when to take the right doors? How do we determine if is fear holding us back, fear to disobey God vs really waiting on God? If God has already say no! What happens if we still got through these doors for ministry. How do we analyze these doors that are opening before us, they lead us to saving souls, praying for the sick to get healed, casting out demons. My wife and I have seen miracles and the annointing of the Spirit of God, moving and changing peoples lives through our hands. We are in that stage. In that moment, where several ministries are pulling us one way or another. Everytime, it comes to the same thing. One ministry, has awesome evangelistic tools to saved the souls, but lack discipliship and missionary work. Another ministry is reaching thousands of souls, even one minister has filled stadiums, thousands saved, but His ministry does not do evangelistic work, and He made it clear that is not their focus. Should we just wait until we build our own ministry that has all the tools we need? or We should we walked through these doors? I am just seeking someones advice from their own experince? Not someone’s thoughts? Thaks