I’m a real “words” girl. I love quotes, song lyrics, and scripture. I’m the weird girl who likes to read words people write in bathroom stalls, and who finds the most interesting places to write: Styrofoam cups, gum wrappers etc.
Words fall deep into my soul. When I read or listen to something powerful, it makes its own home inside of my heart. It becomes part of me. It helps me to get through the day. It becomes direct encouragement to my future. Sometimes the words lead me into my future…the next step.
Something so powerful was spoken to me a week or so ago. It came at the time when I should have been the most discouraged that I could have been. I was in the middle of processing the day events.
And without really going into detail I will share that I did not get a position in something I really thought I wanted.
If I could go back and look at the timeline, and not the physical one, but the spiritual one I’d say that this moment marked the next step for me.
If you have followed my journey for the first time today, or before now, then you will know that God has been preparing me for leadership. The ultimate journey is a leader who is also a communicator.
And I’ve been struggling preparing myself for it. I mean the focus was there, but my heart just kept some lingering hesitation. I didn’t know why.
I was speaking to someone after I found out about the position, and they said to me,
” You are a great leader, and you are a great communicator…It’s who you are.”
Four words at the end of that statement pushed me forward. ” It’s who you are.”
For the first time in my life, at the moment where it felt like it was a failed opportunity, it was actually a ” GO” from God. It was actually as if I finally had permission to do exactly what was stated.
I do my best to communicate.
I do my best to lead by example.
Those words encouraged me so much that they are actually on a notecard at my job. To remind myself.
It’s indeed a hard place to be at though. I mean who can lead with no one to lead?
IT’S WHO I AM.
I was thinking of Jesus today. When he was 12 yrs old and teaching to adults.
I mean yes, he was the son of God so I’m sure what he taught them was effective, but
in another way I was thinking, Who listens to a 12 year old regardless of their position?
It’s interesting to me how Jesus didn’t actually start ministry until he was in his 30’s.
Maybe he had the words at 12 years old. But maybe in his 30’s he had the knowledge and experience
to back up the words spoken.
It’s just something I’m suggesting, but in context, I can see it.
I think the bottom line is words are powerful, but if they are spoken and we miss what is being said. Then we miss our next step.
We miss our direction.
So the next time that you feel like you aren’t quite where you should be think of the words spoken to me,
” It’s Who You Are.”
God will take it from there.
” Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
(1 Corinthians 1:26-31, The Message)