Three weeks ago, I had the privilege and honor to speak at Gordon College at a panel called Multicultural Men at Work: A Place of Hope and Challenge. One of the questions they asked to answer was: What advice would you give yourself if you could have spoken to your younger self?
The three pieces of advice I said were:
- That the path God takes you is not necessarily what you envisioned for yourself but is so much better than what you could have orchestrated
- That pursuing what God has called you to do in your vocation will not come easily, it will take prayer and perseverance and you will encounter opposition especially as you decide to stand up for what you believe is right
- To actively pursue mentors in your profession – people you can trust, however, sometimes they may come in God’s time unexpectedly
Check out this video on the importance of mentors by three well known gospel recording artists, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin and Marvin Sapp, on their own panel: