You don’t need to have a rags to riches, rock-bottom to mountain-top experience to make an impact for the kingdom.
There is a mindset, actually a teaching that says “your transformation is your place of most significant ministry.” And while this can be true, and yes, powerful transformations inspire others, it’s not the only way to impact people.
Often, the average-girl stories carry just as much impact, because for them it was a choice.
Think about it: when you are at rock-bottom, you have nothing else to lose. Choosing to go up or find a way out is the only thing that will save you.
But for someone stuck in an average, “things could be better and they could be worse” situation, it’s just as hard a battle. People who have some level of stability and security to lose, and “settling” has paid the bills to this point.
But when the person who has some level of success and comfort makes a decision to take a radical step in the direction of their dreams, it’s a BIG deal.
Most of the women I work with fall into this category.
They’ve done good work and made some impact with what they’ve done. They are successful to some extent and committed to doing good. And truthfully, they could stay on the same path for the rest of their lives.
Yet, they decide to pursue more; to push beyond content and see what else is out there for them and their gifts. For them, It’s not a “do this or die” situation.
Which is why so many women don’t.
We see the dramatic stories and miraculous transformations and think our story isn’t that important or compelling or powerful.
I’ve seen it over and over and over…women who actually doubt their ability to help others simply because they don’t have a dramatic testimony, history or backstory.
Girl. Your story matters. It’s amazing. It’s liberating. And it’s brilliant and beautiful to the people you are called to lead and to serve.
It doesn’t matter if you started following Jesus when you were 6 or 60, your life, your message matters! That’s why you are on the planet. To let your light shine.
Maybe your story didn’t start in total darkness, loss or lack. Maybe it was just less bright than it is now. That’s ok. Because there are people living where you started and they need you to show them that they can choose better, brighter regardless of where they are.
Trust me, I know. It’s hard to walk away from stability, comfort, even success when you sense God telling you there’s something different for you. And the world needs to hear this story, too. The people you are called to lead and to serve need to see you stepping out and showing up when staying put is safer and way easier.
Friends, it’s time to fight average!
It’s time to believe for better.
Even when life is good.
I mean, do we believe Ephesians 3:20 or not…is God able to do exceedingly above and beyond our wildest dreams? Beyond what we can even dream, think or imagine?
If we believe it, then it’s up to us to never settle and lead others by our example. There are people waiting for you, for your leadership, your story, your testimony of how you went from ordinary to extraordinary.