I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been always caught up in this thing about age. Our world seems to think that you need to be a certain age to do make a difference. We discredit other people because they might be younger than us and assume they can’t speak into our lives or have anything to offer. Or worse – we discredit ourselves because we are young.
This past week in our Student Leadership class we were talking about pride versus humility. Humility was defined as “having a modest view of ones own worth”. Instantly the image that comes to mind is someone who thinks too highly of themselves and they need to be more modest in their opinion of their self-worth. But the opposite is just has harmful. Believing you have nothing to offer to the world, or that God doesn’t want to use you, or that you aren’t capable of fulfilling your destiny in Christ is almost more tragic.
This is the word that God spoke to me this week, that I want to share with you. Take this and apply it to yourself. Maybe you aren’t married or have a child, but apply it to where you are at. The scripture that this was taken from is 1 Timothy 4:12.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Don’t let anyone look down on you because your marriage is young, and your baby is young. Don’t let anyone look down on you because the dreams in your heart are still young. But set an example. Be an example of a wife, a mom, lover of me, and a pursuer of your destiny. Be an example in your speech, in your life, in your love and in your purity.”
As the Lord showed me here, our job isn’t to worry about what others think. We aren’t supposed to hide out waiting until we’ve achieved some level of maturity. If you know what is right, and you are committed to the word of God, you have the tools in your hands to be an example. Paul says in Philippians 3:14 that he knows he has not achieved perfection in Christ, but he presses on toward the goal.
So there are two things out of this I am asking you to consider.
1. Will you believe in your heart that God wants to use you?
2. Will you choose to believe in someone else and inspire them towards empowered living?
You have the power to take the everyday situations you encounter and learn from them, ask God to speak to you and then ask Him for opportunities to share. Each personality is different and that will come out in different ways. Not striving to live as the people we have the potential to be, is not serving anyone.
Here is a quote that has spoken immensely to me over the years. If you’ve done Street Invaders you’ve definitely heard it, but try reading it again as though you’ve never read it before.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson
Each time I read this I am hit by the last line. As I am liberated from my fear of man, my insecurities of what others will think of me, I will liberate others to walk in confidence.
Throughout my life the Lord has constantly blessed me with people who have believed in me. Whether it was encouraging words from pastors in my church in Nanaimo, BC when I was little girl, to a great leadership team at our church that believes in Andrew and I. Jesus must have known how I’d struggle with fear of man, and has always brought someone into my life to encourage me to not give up, and to give me opportunities to grow.
In high school I had an absolutely phenomenal woman in my life named Lynda. She saw potential in me, a hurting fourteen year old girl, who was walking through some of the toughest years of my life. She spent hours talking to me, encouraging me and praying with me. Those things were all amazing, but you know what was even more incredible for me as a young teen? She let me walk alongside her in ministry. She was starting a Youth Centre in Kipling, and truth be told I was probably more of a nuisance to her than a help, but I was with her almost each step of the way. She had an incredible confidence about her. She knew that she was a woman of God, called to do wonderful things for the Lord in our town. Her passionate pursuit of her destiny lit a fire inside my heart. I wanted to be used by God too.
Through the worst time of my life with my parents separating, and a lot of other complicated issues going on, I stayed on the rails, spiritually, because one woman decided to not be crippled by insecurity and chose to empower young people around her.
If you are still questioning whether God can use you, or whether you can impact lives, let me ask you this: is there someONE that you can believe in? You don’t have to go out and impact the world right away, but if there is one person that you can choose to speak life into and encourage, it will make all the difference.
Ultimately the decision is up to you. No one else will get in between you and the destiny God has for you. Overcoming obstacles is our responsibility, with help from the Lord. God has called many people to greatness, but too many are stuck wading through negative words people have spoken over them, or are still believing lies the enemy has whispered in their ears.
Let’s get free of these things. May we let the love and healing of Christ fill our hearts so we can be bold enough to believe that He will use us. Let’s inspire others towards empowered living. Let’s look at ourselves through the eyes of Jesus and modestly recognize our potential. Let’s change the world, one person at a time.