I really wish these were better pictures, sorry Faith! However this was too great a meeting not to share. Faith had no idea as she was speaking to us about branding, that she was going to have such a major impact on my activities for today.
For those who don’t know Faith James, she is a Branding Expert… with incredible credentials. I’ve been attending her lunch workshops as our ministry has entered it’s next phase, which includes national expansion.
A few workshops ago, we were instructed to score our brand based on her index. I turned this index into a to-do list, which has grown quite a bit. One of the things in the index was to volunteer to serve on the board of an organization. Well, I checked that off and will be serving officially on the board for YouMom, a ministry that serves women facing unplanned pregnancy.
Yesterday, at the lunch, Faith was extraordinary as always. But, there were a few key points that was so important to the work in store for me today.
- Everything you put out into the world needs to reflect the core of your brand.
- It must be consistent and clear. It is our job to make sure our clients get it.
- Articulate the why behind your brand, as well as why you are the right choice.
But also, she shared her heart. How much she enjoys what she does, serving others, helping others.
Today, I was with the founder of YouMom serving the ministry by helping launch a new website, full of content, pictures, etc. It was such a joy to work with Aimee today, and help her vision come to life. To take the knowledge that Faith was gifting me yesterday and pass it on to Aimee’s ministry is beautiful. When we do not hold on to our gifts and talents but instead share them; we get to watch it reach further than we could ever imagine!
So, there I was today… basking in the joy of helping others with my gifts and talents… which were fined tuned by Faith’s wisdom and experience.
That, is a good day.
I say all of this not to toot my own horn… but for two important reasons…
- Thankfulness. I am thankful beyond measure for God’s intersection of my path and Faith.
- Affirmation. Those who gift of their hearts, skills, and treasure don’t always get to see how it is used. I want Faith to know that her investment in me is not wasted, but fruitful.
I encourage those of you who have someone investing in your life, helping you to bear fruit…
Do not just give a passing thanks, but instead show them the fruit of their labor. Let them see what they have sewn into fertile soil. Let them know that you have not hoarded their gift for yourself, but graciously shared it with the world, investing into others.
This brings to mind the parable of the talents. Do not bury in the ground that which you can multiply. Use your gifts, share your talents, and spread the wealth that is love, compassion, encouragement, and equipping!