by: Bob Reccord
I had opportunity this week to speak to a group of edgy young leaders who were charting their own trailâ€¦where clear trails havenâ€™t existed before. Europe is not surprised by young men and women who donâ€™t jump right from what we in America would call high school directly into the university. Rather, it is not unusual to take a â€œsandwich year.â€ But not so in the good â€˜ole US of A.
Until now. My friends related to Chick-fil-A and the foundation LifeShape have created a super adventure for young adults between high school and college or, if desiredâ€¦ after a short bit of collegeâ€¦ blaze new trails stretching through a September to May frontier in which they tackle challenges like world-view, vocation (career or calling?!?), carrying your witness to work, understanding your unique â€œwiringâ€ and what God may be trying to say through that, and more.
I was impressed that these adventurers had the guts to get off the well worn ruts of conformity and chart their own course to deepen their convictions, mature their perspectives, travel and experience the streeeeetch of foreign culture. These guys and girls were serious about making their lives count!
But I guess it reflects in the foci of the programâ€¦
To build men and women with character that increasingly reflects Jesus Christ.
To drive home the reality that the true purpose of knowledge is to comprehend eternal truth.
To more clearly understand the calling on life that God places on each lifeâ€¦to Himself and to a Mission.
Having been with these leaders of tomorrowâ€¦and todayâ€¦I feel a lot better about the future!!!! And, who knows, maybe weâ€™re seeing a new trend launch for not just smarter, or more equipped leadersâ€¦but for DEEPER leaders! Check out Impact 360.net!
Thanks John Basie and John White!
What do you think about the idea of the â€œsandwich yearâ€?