This is my dream for you:
You will be really, really scared.
But you will do it anyways.
People might roll their eyes. People might question. People might judge. People might laugh. People might talk. People might notice. Or they might not notice at all.
It doesn’t matter.
My dream for you is the same dream I have for me.
Lately, I’ve been asking myself what this blog is all about. Why in the world did I start writing?
It comes down to this.
I want to leave my mark on the world. But more importantly, I want to encourage you to leave yours.
What is #leaveyourmarko? It is the freedom to:
- Be all you—not a part, a lesser version, or someone else’s idea of you. Completely you.
- Use the gifts you’ve been given—unapologetically.
- Leave your own mark—fearlessly.
It reminds you to be brave. To be bold. To be unique. To be unashamed. To be unafraid. To be unapologetic. And of course, to be you—whoever you may be and whoever you may be becoming.
This hashtag is my little attempt at leaving a mark. If you want, you can use #leaveyourmarko on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. That way we can find and encourage each other as we try to be brave. (I’d love to see your passions and what inspires you).
Don’t hold back. I know you feel average, uninteresting, and all-around unqualified to do anything big; I know because I still feel that way most days. But those discouraging and deadening feelings don’t come from the God who designed you.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I dare you to take that power, love, and self-discipline with both hands and create something with it. Take a picture with it. Make music with it. Solve a problem with it. Lead a group with it. Write letters with it. Build a house with it. Heck, fold origami with it! Because when you do what you can with it, it spreads.
Just don’t—oh please don’t—do nothing with it.
That’s like locking a bird in a cage because you’re afraid to find out how far it will fly. Set yourself free. You might be surprised where you land.
You know, I don’t think God uses words to write stories; I think most of the time he uses people. The ordinary ones who least expect it—like you and me—because it makes the story that much more extraordinary.
God also doesn’t make accidents. That means he made you on purpose with a purpose.
Are you ready? No?
That is how bravery begins.
“Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:9 MSG