One of the biggest struggles in our lives, especially we young people, is understanding our time. I had this struggles too. I hear it again and again that it’s dangerous to do something before your time. This usually sends a cold shiver down my spine, because I didn’t want to end up the journey of my life disastrously.
I wrote my first literature book at age 21. I got a lot of commendation from people who read the book; principals, teachers, students, lecturers, and individuals. But then, I remember being introduced to a man, who after seizing me up to down, asked for my qualification and told me there is time for everything. In order words, I ran ahead of my time, it wasn’t the right time for me to publish a book.
That statement really hit me. I felt a bit discouraged. But then, I began to search: how can I know the right time for me to do something. I read several books, listened to several messages until eventually, the light came on.
You see, people mistakenly connect age to timing or some paper qualification. But that’s wrong. In an audio message by Apostle Joshua Selman, he said, The most excellent part of age is the wisdom attached to it. If age fails to come with wisdom it is useless.
What I found and believe about the right timing is when you first “become” what you want to do. A person who desires to become a doctor must first become a doctor. The certificate does not make you the doctor, it’s the knowledge and capacity you have acquired towards that line that makes you a doctor.
I chose to publish a storybook and not a self-development book, like leadership, because I didn’t have an authority in it yet with convincing experience to back up my write-ups, even though I have little knowledge about it. And before I even published the storybook, I had already started training to become an author by reading and writing short stories on social media for free.
The rule is to first become. You can’t give what you don’t have.
As a drama group or ministry, for example, you don’t start operating in a dimension you’ve not got the capacity to sustain. You don’t say because Mount Zion is going to different states and countries, changing and transforming lives through film production, then you carry your innocent members to a state and punish them unnecessarily. My ministry, PGM will go beyond the shore of Nigeria. It’ll affect and shake territories in and beyond Africa. But, the capacity we have now, can’t take us beyond the shore of Nigeria. If I try to maneuver my way now, I will only burn my fingers.
But it isn’t about the age. If I can develop the capacity for it today, I tell you, nothing stops me from taking PGM outside the country tomorrow if the opportunity comes, with God’s full backing.
Proverbs 13:15 says, “Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.”
If you desire divine favour, get a good understanding of what you want to become. Prepare very well for it and you’ll be favoured.
That’s why when a child is doing better than his mate in a class, he is given double promotion, even if he’s the youngest in the class.
I have quite a lot to write, but let me bring it home.
Start with what you have or know. Don’t wait till everything shows up before you start. You want to be a great preacher but the capacity you have now can only afford you to lead a house fellowship, start leading one. You want to be a renowned actor/actress, develop first yourself from stage drama and appreciate every opportunity to act on screen, even if it’s just 1minute skit from an unpopular filmmaker.
Read. Develop your character. Be hard working. Go for training. Have a teachable spirit. And when you are ready, don’t be afraid to take a step of faith to pursue your dream and passion.
Let me conclude this note with Steve Job’s quote, CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc.:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
About the Author
Alienyi E. Jeremiah is an author and a gifted Christian scriptwriter. He has written countless short scripts for stage and screen and a number full-length scripts for movies.
He’s also a professional cinematography and an editor. Alienyi E. Jeremiah is the current president of Pearly Gate Media, Nigeria.
Contact: 08185921449 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org