Terry (T.J.) Brandt
Copyright 2013 T.J. Brandt
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During the time that my wife and I were mentors of a Young Adults Group Ministry, we were once approached by a “Young Adult” – the age range for that group was 18-35, who is an only child of, by his account, Christ-loving and church-going parents. This young man is well established in an elite career for which he is well groomed. This individual is almost always in attendance when the Young Adults Group meets and he conveys a strong desire to follow Christ in his walk through life. He believes that he is possibly over-qualified for the career position he holds and states that his desire is to hone his skills and embark on a new career within the same discipline, but as the business owner with his own list of clientele. He shares that he is advised by his current employer and other mentors that if he wants that dream to become a reality, he should focus, be more structured and, by-all-means, go for it.
On a similar note, a young lady of the same group shares that she and other ladies of the Young Adults Group Ministry are wondering “where are the real men?” “where are the leaders?” - who believe in Christ and are focused on being successful in their career paths. More specifically, she states that most ladies of the above-mentioned age group find that men of the same age are either very Christ-like but possess no real career focus – or just the opposite – are very career-focused but have Christ “stuck” in a far corner of their agenda. In conclusion, she states that she and her female friends are looking for real men – leaders – who have Christ in every aspect of their lives, including their quest for career success. She says that those elements are the criteria that a man must fulfill, because such men would be good husbands and proper mentors to children.