Yesterday New Life had the privilege of hosting Pierre & Marlize du Plessis and Eric & Kim Rowland of The Father’s House in Rochester, NY. Pierre spoke for both Saturday sessions of our spring Momentum Leadership Advance, and he couldn’t have been more on point.
It’s one thing to listen to someone forecast what they think an upcoming experience is going to be like; it’s another thing to listen to someone who’s already walked it, and has a gift to articulate it back to you.
But what struck me more was the renewed importance of spending even brief moments with people who live to dream big – and aren’t afraid to work hard to see those same dreams become realities.
I’ve seen my share of one or the other: either people who are so negative not even an addition equation has a chance of summing to a positive integer, or dreamers who have no idea what a 90-hour work week feels like.
Or even a 15-hour work week.
After I looked at this photograph of us in Sprig Studio (snapped by none other than Marlize herself), I realized every person pictured around me is a monster dream maker. They’ve dreamed big in God and paid a price to work the dream to fruition.
When someone of that caliber that is around you, they are thrilled with who you are, what you’re attempting, and understand the cost involved. It provokes you to want to keep going. And keep dreaming.
Such a level of intense expectation and devotion is contagious.
And the value of your story, and your dreams – when married with unyielding devotion – will be just as significant.
You may only get brief moments to hang with dream makers like these – I know I do – but that’s all you need.
Savor it, then inspire someone else with encouragement.
I’m so proud to call all of these people my friends, heroes, and those who humble me with their various expertise in advancing the Kingdom in ways I can’t even fathom.
“…The kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” • Matthew 11:12