Friday, August 5th, 2016 was the date. Hillsong conference 2016 in the Barclays Center was the place. There, in a room full of thousands, I believe God taught me one of the most important lessons of my life. Leading up to this trip I was extremely frustrated. Frustrated with myself, frustrated with my situation, even frustrated with God. Like He so often does, I felt God give me a sneak peak into what my life could be if I went all in with Him. And as amazing as it was, it wasn’t my current reality. The more I tried to step into that person I felt God wanted me to be, the more it seemed like I failed. Ugh, so frustrating! But that night, it all made sense.
As Furtick taught on how there will always be this gap, the growth gap, between where you are and where God wants you to be I was relieved to know I wasn’t the only one. Then when he said, “there’s another gap”, I was intrigued. The only gap I ever saw what the first one, but now there’s a second one? PSA: mic drop moment ahead. He went on to share how the second gap, the gratitude gap, is the gap from where you once were and where you are to today. Guess which gap is bigger? That’s right, the latter of the two. It’s so easy to forget how far God has brought you when you so desperately want what God has promised you.
And that’s when I learned one of the most important lessons of my life: It’s a journey. The Young Professional life is a journey. A journey full of highs and lows. A journey full of moments of success and moments of failures. A journey to be enjoyed and shared with others. That is the heart of this blog. To create a space where we can each share our unique journeys, the victories, the struggles, the lessons, and encourage and learn from one another. As my good friend Nate Woods says, “no one should go through the same struggle in life as you the same if you share your story”. I pray this blog can become a place where no matter where you are on your journey, we can celebrate The Young Professional Journey.
– Mauro Davila