Impacting the Next Generation
Jun 15, 2015
I have the pleasure of showing the next generation of men what it means to be a Father, Husband, Disciple Maker and Friend. I am just an open book for them to read and walk along side to see that it does not take a perfect person to be an impactful person.
When I first decide to become a Navigator, there was a joy unspeakable. I was given an opportunity to reshape, refocus and reaffirm so many young men lives. Especially, those that look just like me. Disciple making is a vehicle to let young me know that they can through a relationship with Jesus have their lives rewritten. That God can give them a second chance at living right, and doing the right thing. That with God they can be the right person who is at the right place doing the right things and getting the right results.
By the grace of God, I become a father figure to an amazing group of young men who have become Big Brothers to my son Kendall. It is one of the joys of being on a College campus and having Black young men in the ministry. Kendall has several big brothers to look up to and challenge him. Kendall has the unique opportunity to see that it is possible to serve God while in College.
This unique mixture makes everything I do more alive. I have the pleasure of showing the next generation of men what it means to be a Father, Husband, Disciple Maker and Friend. They get a front row seat in my life. And yes, they have to wear seat belts at time (LOL). I am not the perfect father, husband or disciple maker. I am just an open book for them to read and walk along side to see that it does not take a perfect person to be an impactful person.
They get a chance to hear me say no to doing some wonderful things for the kingdom so that my family does not always get seconds from me. It is a balance act of trust. Trust between God and me as well as between my wife, Carolyn and me. After all it is real all about God and less about me.
I remember that during a quite time with God the story of Nehemiah came to mind. He was dedicated to rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. He had several people who wanted to stop him. But God told him to not come down from that wall until to job was finished. This model is true for me also. God and I talked about what things He desired me to build while I am on the side of glory and everything else had to wait or be done by someone else. The three building blocks for me are: 1) family—does it take away from planned family activities…If it does it must be approved by the family. 2) Wayne State University Campus Ministry. Will it build up or enhance the ministry at WSU. If it does then we do it. If not no thank you. 3) Diversity of the Navigators. Will this assist in bring more people of color into the family of Navigators and not just as W-2 but also as people living out the vision and mission of The Navigators?
It sounds simple, but keeping a daily open dialogue with God is key. Everything can fit into those three things easily, all you have to do is wiggle it a little bit and it can fit. However, God is the key and communication is the engine and balance is oil that keeps it going forward.
Keep us in your prayers and thank you for your support.
Oliver K. Porter
Wayne State University
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