I get to travel all around the country speaking to a variety of different audiences, but I’ll tell you there is something special that the Lord is doing in communities of women who have decided to activate their gifts. It’s so incredibly powerful, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
I haven’t been doing the author/speaking thing that long. Before this, I spent almost ten years as a classroom teacher – for six of those years I taught middle school. I used to tell people that and they would say, “Why in the world would you teach middle school?” Anyway, I left the classroom almost two years ago to run Bible Belles alongside my husband and in that time the Lord has really moved in unbelievable ways.
It’s so interesting what God can do when we step out in just a little bit of faith, isn't it? I’m reminded so often that
Our Father doesn’t need our expertise. He simply needs our obedience.
Yet, it can be so easy to get caught up in whether or not we feel qualified to do the work God is calling us to, not to mention how are we going to influence and inspire our own daughters to feel that way?
I got a call a while back from the most delightful woman who runs the moms ministry at a local church in San Diego down the street from my house. She was explaining how they had a great event for moms coming up and they wanted me to come and speak. Their team had prayed about it and the topic they decided on was: “The Wonder of Being the Best You." And could I come and speak on that?
Yikes! I am still on the phone with her when my heart starts racing, and I start to sweat a little. And my mind immediately begins to wander and I start thinking about all the ways I am not the “Best” version of myself. It was like a mini nightmare except I was awake! I was thinking about all the ways I don’t measure up – how I wish I was more patient, and gentle, and that I worried less and how I wished I could change the abrasive tone of voice I use after years of being raised by my amazing and firm, no-nonsense mother.
There I was, mid phone call, feeling unqualified, allowing all of those negative thoughts to swirl.
Maybe that’s you today. Maybe you’ve been brave enough to start asking some of the right questions:
God, why am I here?
What unique value can I provide to the world?
What are my gifts and who are they for?
How do you want me to share those gifts and what do you want to show me in the process?
How do we take the answers to those questions and put them into ACTION? That’s the challenge.
God’s desire for all of us is that we would activate our gifts to be relevant for His Kingdom.
Because what is true? The truth is that we live in the fullness of God’s plan when we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. Maybe you’ve set your sights on something or you’re feeling God tug your heart for something and you’re unsure. Not because the goal is unclear, but because the path is. You can rest, assured that when you get started and make your way down, He is going to help you. Take heart and trust Him. If the goal is God-breathed, He will set the path before you.
If your goal is aligned with God’s will, just start. The path will change often. The goal will not. If it’s aligned with God's will, He will make a way.
When I think back on my conversation with that sweet women's ministry leader, I’m reminded of a conversation I had about a year ago with my husband’s Aunt Pat. She is truly one of the kindest, most faith-filled women I’ve ever met. She and I have cancer in common, and Aunt Pat has her own miraculous story of healing like I do. I remember talking to her about what it would take for someone like me to get up in front of a crowd and share something personal.
She said, “I don’t know, Erin, but I do know that every time we say no to something God is calling us to do, we withhold a blessing from someone who needs it.”
That might be you today. Regardless of your situation or circumstances, God has given you many incredible gifts, and it is his deep desire that you would use everything at your disposal. He wants you to use those gifts to bless others and show your daughter how to do it too. God has given all of us many gifts indeed. Maybe the most extraordinary gift is the opportunity to be a part of what He is doing.
I want to invite you today to say yes to what God is stirring your heart for. When we say yes to those opportunities, it is a declaration of our gratitude for His faithfulness, His grace, and unending mercy.
God has given us many precious gifts. And every time we say yes, it is our gift back to God.