I just stumbled upon the beginnings of a blog post that's been collecting dust in my drafts folder since January. I am the queen of unfinished ideas and unpublished posts. Sigh...
Back in January I attended Dream Year Weekend here in Nashville. I was wrestling through my own feelings of dreamlessness, and didn't know how to reconcile that with all the amazing stuff I was hearing at Dream Year. I had some candid conversations with a few key friends to help me sort through my own heart thoughts.
Segments of one of those conversations (a text convo at that!) have been sitting in my dusty draft blog post folder all this time.
It is amazing to see the truth and strength of the words spoken to me almost a year ago, and how they have taken shape in my life over the course of this year.
The cliff-notes version of my friend's wisdom:
- You don't need to find a new vision.
- Your vision, purpose, and passion are the core of who you are. You are all about influencing people to change for the better and to pursue Christ. That is your heart, and that hasn't changed.
- Your ministry in Africa was the vehicle and tool you used to express that and live that out for 13 years.
- Now you need to discover a different vehicle and tool to express it. But your heartbeat hasn't changed.
- That's why you've continued to be an influence through your blog, your relationships, & your Twitter interactions. That is simply who you are, no matter what.
- As you look forward into the future, the vehicle for living that out and expressing it will need to change. But the essence of who you are and what your passions are won't.
- Let's work on discovering a new vehicle...
That was a whole lotta wisdom and a whole lotta truth. In a text conversation. That my friend probably doesn't even remember having.
You know what I titled the draft post I had those bullet-points saved in?
And a year later, I find myself finally realizing and embracing that.
I've begun recognizing ways that my passions and heart can continue to be lived out, even though my ministry in Africa closed. Even though it looks totally different than anything I'd ever anticipated.
So as I sit here thinking through all this, and finally turning this dusty draft into a real, live post... all I keep thinking is this:
You really never know how impactful your words can be in someone's life. Even a simple text message can make a world of difference.
Speak into your loved ones' situation. In person, on the phone, in an email, via text... whatever. Just speak life into their heart.
They need it even more than you'll ever know.