I think I am shy to tell you because I feel like attending this conference is a step in declaring myself a speaker. And I have been scared to do that. I mean what if I do not measure up? What if I disappoint? What if I fail? Can I really call myself a speaker?
Now I know that God adores me regardless of what I do. I know that my worth is not measured by a title. My worth is in God alone. My worth has already been established. (Yours too by the way!)
But I also believe that in each of our hearts there is a God-given and God-sized dream. And when we are talking God-sized that means BIG! Speaking and teaching at women's retreats, conferences, banquets, MOPS groups, etc. about not only the practical of homemaking, but on following God with reckless abandon is my dream. And pursuing that dream is scary!
Do you know what your God-given and God-sized dream is? What is your passion? What were you created for?
Do you dare announce out loud the adventure you were made for? Do you dare call yourself a leader? Or a writer? Or an actress? Or an entrepreneur? Or a songwriter? Or an artist? Or a mentor? Or ___________ (fill in the blank). Or like me, a speaker-teacher-blogger?
Or do you hide in fear? Fear that you will raise the expectation level. Fear that you will fail. Fear that you will be seen as haughty or that people will say, “Who does she think she is?”
I am pushing aside that fear and declaring out loud: I am a speaker and teacher.
I even changed my business cards to say so.
Here is the front:
And here is the back:
I even changed my domain name. You can now find my blog at susoutter.com.
And I am telling you all this because I believe when one of us walks in the freedom of who we were meant to be, it allows others to walk in the freedom of who they were meant to be.
I am telling you this because when one of us risks, I believe it encourages others to risk.
My hope is that all of us may lay hold of who we were created to be and step out into the big adventures God has for us. My hope is that we would step out unashamedly. And in doing so, change the world!