Fear hates community.
This quote by Jon Acuff, that was shared at The Influence Conference this year, has planted itself deeply into my soul and is slowly changing the way I view everything. I may not have attended the conference, but God still spoke to my heart through the snippets of truth that leaked out on all kinds of social media.
Instead, I believe that Jesus puts us right where we are in our families, in our work places, in our communities, in our number ranking on Bloglovin'; all for a specific reason. He is putting people in place for us to bless. People that can be encouraged when we use our influence, no matter how great or small, to encourage and uplift. There is a work for us to do and it begs to not be ignored as we constantly reach for that next best thing.
Surprisingly it's exactly the opposite.
It has taken me a long time to fully grasp this, but the more and more it fills my heart, the more I am overwhelmed with joy. Suddenly it's not about being the biggest dreamer or the craftiest mom. It's not about becoming the most popular blogger or the Christian who sacrifices the greatest. Rather it's about loving and serving each person that God has built into my circle of influence well and for the glory of Jesus.
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Thanks for all your encouragement along the way! You each mean more to me than you know!
Happy Wednesday, friends!