The millennial generation is often saddled with labels like entitled, lazy and undisciplined. However, my experience is just the opposite. I've met so many bright, dedicated and disciplined young people who are focused on excellence and are seeking God’s will in their lives. I had the opportunity to talk to an incredibly successful millennial on this week’s Framework Leadership podcast.
Kristen Ledlow is a sports broadcaster based in Atlanta, currently serving as a host and sideline reporter on NBA TV and TNT. With former NBA All-Star Grant Hill, she is the co-host of “Inside Stuff.” Her on-air assignments have included NBA TV’s “GameTime,” “NBA Style” and TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” Additionally, she serves as a sports anchor on CNN and HLN.
Kristen points to her time at Southeastern University as a significant factor in her success. But attending SEU wasn’t an easy choice. It was a big risk for her and a significant expense for her parents. But despite those real concerns, they took a step in faith because they listened to God’s calling. Here’s what Kristen told me.
I had chosen to go to Florida State out of fear to go anywhere else. I was 18 years old and used to living in Tallahassee. I was used to being with everyone I had grown up with, and I had shut down any idea in my mind to go elsewhere.
But my first semester there I had a very vivid experience with believing that God was calling me elsewhere, believing that there was going to be something that was laid out for me to be somewhere different. Within days I had gotten an email from the basketball coach at Southeastern, and he was talking about how proud he was that I had ended up at Florida State and that they were going through basketball tryouts that weekend. I emailed him back and just asked if I could come try out for the team. He was like ‘yeah you can do that’ and I drove down that weekend.
I remember a very physical load being lifted off of my shoulders when I drove onto the campus at Southeastern. Fortunately, my parents were incredibly supportive of that decision because Florida State was already paid for and it was a big ask to make a big move. But I told them how I felt when I was on campus, and I told them that I believed that God was calling me elsewhere. They were not like ‘Hey, transfer next year.’ They were like, ‘You can go now. We’ll pack you up. We'll get you down there for the January semester.’ So I was at Southeastern by January of my freshman year.
Kristen didn’t know exactly where God would take her in life, but she faithfully followed the path God gave her. Her parents’ support and the counsel of other mentors helped her to find and develop her divine design.
If you are a young person, I encourage you to seek God’s path for your life and don’t be afraid to push past your fears to follow Him. If you are a parent or mentor of young people, I want you to know how important you are in the lives of students. Support them, pray for them, and celebrate their successes.
I encourage everyone to listen to my interview with Kristen. Her story will inspire and bless you.