Earlier this year, I attended a branding workshop. I went because I co-lead a growing ministry and with that growth we really needed to hone in our branding. What always amazes me about my journey with Faith James (yes, Faith… it’s a journey, you’re stuck with me for a bit) is that I learn just us much about myself and my own journey as I do for my ministry work.
About halfway through the workshop, Faith asked a question:
“What is your vision for the world and for your life?”
Faith James, Branding of Brunch Workshop
The answer I wrote in my workbook for the world was: “equipping women to lead and change the world we are in for the better”, and for my life: “be apart of the change”. I scrawled a few little notes about diversity and equality. Faith shared Proverbs 29:18… Where there is no vision, people perish. She challenged us to set our vision for the world, for our lives. At the time, I thought this was applicable to my ministry work. And so, the vision was set.
Then a few months later, I wrote a piece on here about a girl named Milange that I met many years ago (over 20 now) and how, even then, I had a heart for helping and equipping women. I recall how my heart hurt for her because she simply didn’t know that she could, because so many had told her she couldn’t. I think my heart for women goes back even further than that… to when I was a child. That is another story, for another day.
Just this past week my friend Laura Gabriele-Enriquez, who is a missionary in Guatamala, posed a question on her Facebook page:
When you were a kid, what injustice in the world upset you most?
I ask because I believe God sees the injustice and sends each of us to the world with a mission.
My answer: “As far back as I can remember it has been about empowering girls/women in general. As I got older, I became more keenly aware of the differences between the opportunities that white women had versus women of color. And so, it became even more important to me to be incredibly intentional about using my privilege to help lift those women up.”
If you know me, you know that I am not looking to hog the microphone or own the platform. I look for ways to give other women an opportunity to share their gifts with the world. I pass the mic as much as I can, because I am learning from the wisdom of others too. I want to hear voices outside of my own. I want to see women succeed in the endeavors whether it is business or ministry work.
As I reflected on these last 9 months, I realized that in the moment I attended Faith’s workshop… the vision was being set for ME (personally). This was just about my ministry work through the Women’s Ministry Council but about much more than that, my everyday since I can remember calling. The fire the Lord set in my heart. Equipping women brings me joy. So, the vision is set.
While I am going to continue with my #Chronicling40 series… you are going to notice a new bend which will be more about my views on leadership, equipping women, etc. Why is this important to me, what can we be doing, where are we making mistakes, etc. I hope you don’t mind that I am leaving the easy paved road of journaling my day to day thoughts and instead take the detour on to a bit of uneven pavement.
I pray, that the the rocky path with lead to fertile soil.