A little over four years ago, I started down a path that I thought would lead me on a relaxing Sunday afternoon stroll through the woods. Little did I know I was actually starting a hike through the mountains.
When I hit “publish” on the first post here at SAL, I had no ambitions or plan for what God might do with me. I knew that I needed to do something–that I needed to cultivate certain gifts and desires–but there was no plan. At least from my perspective. As the path has twisted and turned, I’ve simply taken the next step in front of me. Sometimes those steps opened onto breathtaking vistas where I could pause and marvel at all that God had done; sometimes they led me up increasingly steep and narrow paths that made me doubt the wisdom of having ever left the couch.
This year, one of those uphill climbs has been doing more traveling and speaking.
If you’re a regularly follower of this blog, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been a little… um… absent lately. But if I’ve been absent here, it’s only because I’ve been present in many new places speaking and teaching on the truth of living as image bearers. And like most uphill climbs, it has been immensely rewarding–once I was able to pause long enough to catch my breath.
Despite the challenges–whether it’s been covering my responsibilities at home or overcoming the strange panic that inevitably settles on me right before I leave–I’ve relished each opportunity. Hand me a mic and watch out. The truth of imago Dei is so large–so all of life encompassing–that I’m never at a loss for words even if it’s sometimes hard to know exactly where to land. Whether we’re talking about how being image bearers affects our approach to work or learning how the gospel is both the means and model of for our transformation, I feel like I could spend the rest of my life teasing out the daily realities of being made like Christ.
So that’s exactly what I have and am doing. Traveling and speaking has allowed me to develop ideas that I didn’t get to explore fully in Made for More. I’ve been able to dig more deeply into the relationship between the Creation Mandate and the Great Commission; to explore how the gospel informs and enables the process of Christlikeness; and to focus more specifically on a woman’s calling in the home, church, and society. It’s been wonderful.
This year has also taught me how to “speak up” through the chance to co-host a weekly podcast with Erin Straza. The goal of Persuasion is to provide a space where “fine ladies, rational minds, and the best kind of company” can gather to discuss ideas and issues. We noticed that there were a lot of Christian podcasts focused on”women’s issues” and there were a lot of podcasts for women Bible teachers; but we wanted to do something different. We want to amplify women’s voices and perspectives beyond the typical conversations–to apply Christian truth to the issues around us, whether it is doing chores, failed attempts at authenticity, or funeral traditions. After all “when you’re a woman, all issues are women’s issues.”
So consider this your invitation. Whether you’re cleaning house, wrapping presents for the coming holidays, or running errands, grab a pair of earbuds or download the file and listen along!