What Would You Say To a Younger You?

Ministry leaders of female awesomeness know that choosing the better thing doesn’t mean we can just sit around all day and wait for someone to recognize our awesomeness.

We network. We learn. We observe. We ask questions of just about anyone we respect who will listen and give us the time of day. We want to be connected relationally and find safe places.

Wednesday morning I have the privilege of meeting with a group of women, students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, who are leaders who want to keep learning, keep growing and keep asking the tough questions, even if they may not want to ask them out loud all of the time.

This opportunity dovetails with the end of my 30s and the start of my amazing 40s. I can’t begin to tell you what an incredibly blessed and grueling decade it has been. But in some ways, that is what I am thinking about as I gather my thoughts to speak frankly about my ministry, my vocation, my call.

So help me out. I know there is a lot of wisdom out there…

If you could go back and give your younger you a word of advice and encouragement, what would you say?

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started out in ministry?


  1. aawolsisters September 8, 2010

    It’s taken me a long process to convince myself of this, but I guess I would say, “You have a valuable perspective that needs to be voiced!”

  2. Lisa September 8, 2010

    I would tell myself. “You are right and someone needs to hear that. Say it in a way they can hear it.”

    The second part is the key. Still working on that.

  3. Sharon Miller September 8, 2010

    From a “younger you” who was there, you said exactly what I needed to hear. Thanks again for coming and thanks for your transparency in sharing. Great to talk with you!


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