Updated: Jan 26, 2021
I'm not sure where the mindset of "no one will listen to me" came from but it almost held me back from launching my ministry.
I always felt like my voice didn't matter or my words didn't hold value so I learned to remain quiet. I naturally have a soft-spoken voice so it was easy for me to remain in the background. But God challenged me a lot in that area and for whatever reason, I was always being asked to speak at events. I didn't understand why or what these people saw in me or my words but I'm thankful for those small crowds because I believe God was preparing me for larger crowds, or a larger platform.
Now, I'm a blogger, I run a women's empowerment ministry, and with God's guidance I am creating so many great things for women, but, I'M STILL TRYING TO REMAIN IN THE BACKGROUND! I believe apart of it may be because I'm nervous and then another part of it is I believe I'm too young to make an impact and that no one will listen to me or respect the gifts God has placed inside of me.
However, during my quiet time the other day, I came across this scripture 1 Timothy 4:12 "Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young." And it resonated with me because I was praying over the ministry and asking God for guidance and asking Him to order my steps so that I may be able to lead and everything scripture I read that day were all clear messages of God's goodness, but 1 Timothy 4:12 was the wakeup call that I needed to hear THE MOST!
I love to encourage women but sometimes I am very hard on myself. It's easy to speak to others and neglect yourself but neglecting yourself can be dangerous. The enemy will use that as leverage to speak to our weakness and the more we allow him to attack our weakness the more we'll start to believe it even if it's not true.
But I am who God says I am.
I had to really check myself because I shouldn't allow my age to dictate my impact or what God has placed inside of me. God used Abraham and Sarah in their old age to have children and out of their bloodline came Jesus! So if God can use them at their old age God can most certainly use me in my 20's.
However, It's not about age, it's about being obedient. And God can use all of us but it takes us being obedient to hear from God and to walk in His will.
If you've ever felt like you couldn't do something because of your age I'm telling you to rebuke that mindset because you can. You can do ALL things through Christ who gives you the strength. Your age doesn't matter. Try God and He will make a way. Ask God and He will make a way. Seek God and He will make a way.
You have purpose and gifts inside of you and I am so excited for you to walk in your purpose that God has destined for you.
Don't let your age define you, let it raise a standard, and amplify what God can do.
Stay encouraged ladies.