I love seeing people soar as they operate in their strengths and bring glory to God. It is a beautiful thing to witness; it is inspiring.
As I follow the likes of Jeff Goins (a writer who instructs others to be more effective writers) and Holley Gerth (a God-sized dreamer who encourages others to pursue their God-sized dreams), I begin to realize something profound. Maybe we have the most success and fulfillment when we are helping others instead of promoting ourselves.
As I talked to my friend Charity yesterday, I confessed my struggle. If we are being honest, don’t we want success for ourselves? Maybe you are one of those naturally unselfish people. I admire you. But, I am not one, yet. While I genuinely enjoy helping others shine, I like to shine quite brightly myself. I like to perform and be seen and be known. Yet, I seem to get the best response, and the most stats, when I help others shine brighter.
I delight in drawing others’ talents out and helping them take the next steps in what God has for them. Whether it is starting a blog, launching a website, submitting an article, or being a more respectful wife or loving mom. I enjoy asking intentional questions and helping others grow in their faith.
The tagline for this site, and my life really, is inspiring you to grow with the Lord. And that is really who I am, I can’t help it; it springs forth from within.
So what’s the hangup?
Fully entering into this purpose means I lay down my “rights” to be famous, so that I can make Him famous.
Besides, my Sunshine Head son whispered this to me the other night,
“Mom, I don’t want you to be famous.”
“Because then you’ll have to be gone all the time.”
“Oh son, I don’t think I am going to be famous. But if I am, I could take you with me sometimes. Would you like that?”
I chuckle, but it stings a little, that the most popular post on my blog was written by someone else. Often the posts that resonate the most are from guests. This fact can lead to humiliation or humility. This can be a hangup or a hug, reminding me that my mission is being accomplished, to inspire others to grow in the Lord.
I have been wrestling with God, a tug of war if you will, trying to be somebody vs. being the somebody He has asked me to be, made me to be. The struggle between being known and making Him known. But in actuality, I am known by the One and the ones that matter most to me.
If this book I am writing is just about me, and getting my story read, then it is somewhat empty and lonely, but, if I follow His motivation to “bind up the broken and set the prisoners free” (see Isaiah 61), then I have fresh resolve to tell this story for His purposes.
Today I decide afresh to inspire you to grow with the Lord, to promote Him with joy and support you in what He is calling you to do.
Let’s stop fighting who He made us to be, and take our place in the body so that we can:
“…equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ…speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:12-13, 15-16).