Youth pastor: you are capable of becoming more
Life is all about becoming a better version of yourself and people are capable of becoming more than they realize, according to a youth pastor.
Ricardo Miller, a children’s ministry pastor encourages everyone to examine their life and decide to make the tough decisions to becoming the person they were destined to be.
“Stop, think, and listen to the silence [which] is an easy and direct way of becoming present. Even if there is noise, there is always some silence underneath lurking in between the sounds. Listening to the silence immediately creates stillness inside of you. Take a deep breath, and in the stillness identify these principles that can help dramatically change your life for the better,” said the founder of Ricardo Miller Ministries.
Miller who resides in Dallas, Texas, says he’s committed his life to helping one billion people to become the best version of themselves, and that his mission starts at home in The Bahamas and will journey over the world over the next few years.
Mid-way through the second month of 2019, he spoke to having reflecting on his childhood growing up on New Providence, and about wishing he had learnt the importance of embracing the concept of becoming the person he was created to be.
“3 John 2, states ‘Beloved I wish above all that thou prosper and be in good health even as they soul prospers.’ It’s very important for you to understand that who you are becoming is more important than what you are accumulating.”
He said the person you will become in five years will be based upon five principles – the people you surround yourself with, the books you read, the social media you follow, the habits you’ve created, and the environment you’re in.
“Always surround yourself with people that push you to do and be better. Avoid drama or negativity. Encircle yourself with those who motivate you to pursue lofty goals and who give off good vibes and positive energy,” said Miller. “Steer clear of those who convey jealousy or hatred of you or others. Simply surround yourself with groups of people that bring out the absolute best in each other.”
He said one of the best decisions he ever made in his life was to join Toastmasters Club 6796, which was one of those places where he was able to surround himself with quality people.
The youth minister also recalled that he hated reading growing up, but also said it is one of the things he regrets not understanding the importance of while growing up. He encourages people to read because the more they read, the more things they will know.
“The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Reading allows you to discover what took some [people] a lifetime to learn. If you’re not reading, you’re not growing. The books you read have the potential to tremendously change your life for the better. I’ve taught my son [Ricardo Jr.] that those who don’t like reading work for those who do.”
He also encouraged tempering the social media obsession and guarding themselves against those people who have the power to influence them in negative ways.
“Most people don’t understand that the people you follow on social media have the potential to influence the way you think and live on a daily basis. Too often we think having a lot of friends on social media is good while neglecting the fact that each of those individuals have the potential to influence us in good and bad ways. You should not follow everyone on social media. Learn to master your social media by guarding yourself against those who have the power to influence you in negative ways.”
As for the habits you’ve created, he said they will either make or break a person. And that we become what we repeatedly do.
While some people he said think all they need to do is be motivated – Miller said motivation is not enough. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Successful people here in The Bahamas and around the world are simply those with successful habits. I’ve discovered years ago that 99 percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. It’s critical to study your habits,” he said.
The youth ministry pastor said as far as the environment you’re in, there are things people can see when they change their environment. He recalled making the decision to no longer hang out on the streets of Soldier Road as huge for him. Today he said he can reflect on how that decision aided in helping him become the person he is today.
“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself. Anytime you have the urge to return to a harmful environment, keep in mind the damage it had on your sanity and the duration of time it took to regain your peace of mind. Environment matters. In your pursuit to become the person that you were created to be you may have to change your environment so that you can go to the next level in life,” said Miller.