I was chatting with my friend Liz the other day, asking her advice on speaking at events. She’s been gracious enough to agree to mentor me through this new season God has me in, and I took at least four pages of notes in our hour long conversation. Liz is a wealth of wisdom with a generous, encouraging heart and just the best sense of humor. Not to mention her thousands of speaking engagements have given her more than a little expertise in the subject.
When she asked me what I loved speaking about, I stumbled around for a bit. To be honest, my handful of invitations to speak haven’t exactly prepared me to have a singular passion about a specific topic. I know what I’m good at – teaching and encouraging women to use the internet for God’s glory. And I know that I can create a talk based around just about anything – I’m a word girl, it’s what I do.
But as we talked Liz picked up on something I said that I didn’t even really hear myself say, and she identified it as “my thing.” Do you know what it was that I said I loved to talk about? Helping women understand their talents and skills, teaching them how to use them for God’s glory and with joy, and encouraging us all to work together – not against one another.
That’s the thing. It’s what God has been teaching me over the last decade, what He’s been revealing to me as He’s redeemed what I viewed as failures. The talents and passions that God built in me before I was even born? They’ve never shown up in my life as passing fads. Unlike my attempts to be a DIY blogger or to adopt the latest trends, these are the things that come up again, and again, and again in my life.
- My love of words.
- My love of God.
- My desire to see the internet used for God’s kingdom.
- My belief that blogging and social media can be a mission field.
- My love of affirmation and encouragement.
- My ability to pick up the latest technology, apps, and trends with ease.
- My eye for design and love for learning.
- My heart to teach what I’ve been freely taught.
All of it – God has used all of it to take me from an aspiring writer in 7th grade to an English major at Villanova, then to a marketing position that set me up to be able to do exactly what He has me doing right now with (in)courage. These are the skills and talents that I’ve been given, and I want to help other women discover theirs – and find out how they can come together with the women in their communities (online and in real life) to do amazing work.
So, what is it for you? What are the things that you’ve always loved to do? The things that others ask you to do because you make it look so easy – and you can’t understand why it’s so hard for someone else? What are the dreams you’ve never been able to shake? Where has God brought you from, and what has He taught you along the way to get you where you are today?
That is your “thing.” Lean into it. Look around to see what other women are doing but not to compare – to see how we can come beside you and work together, to fill in your weaknesses with our strengths while you do the same for us.