Women in Ministry: Who Are You Not to Shine?

Jenny Price writes passionately about the wondrous yet often fearsome work of ministry.

My husband and I met doing ministry.  Young Life.  We fell in love serving Jesus to teenagers. We have served at Covenant Fellowship since May of 1996.  We live Jesus daily – to one another, to our five kids, and to a congregation of 700+. 

We live Jesus openly, honestly, and imperfectly. We love it and some days are worn to threads by it.  
Sometimes, I wish I could hide.  Even as a kid, playing hide and seek, I knew I’d be found out.

Because I knew I carried truth. Even then.

I see some women hide behind their men - behind their children.  As if they don’t know that they too are carriers of His Life – called into ALL the world to Go.

As I have journeyed deeper into my work outside of church, I know more why we choose to hide. It’s easier, quieter, more ‘balanced’, when we hide. They don’t throw stones and hurl insults at the girl in the corner.  They don’t even know she’s there some days. Satan’s not attacking the girl who already quit. He’s chasing those who are chasing after Life and More in Christ.
“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God.  It’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  - Marianne Williamson
We fear success just as much as we fear failure.

We find success and the world says, “Well, see, she’s no different than the rest of us.  All she wants is fame and money.” We find success and the church says, “Who does she think she is to do that? To reach them? To preach that?  To share with THAT group of people?”

Who are we not to shine brighter, speak louder, shout His truth to all nations?
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” - Marianne Williamson
I fear success.

I fear my book getting published, fearing it will reach millions with the message of redemption and freedom. I fear that my ministry outside the church will reach more, be bigger than my understanding and ability – more.

I fear MORE.

Not because it’s MORE but because it’s unfamiliar. Scary. Uncertain. I’ve not seen it yet. Or have I?

His truth overflows – in my fingertips as I write, on the tip of my tongue as I speak over women, in my feet as I tread into places unknown.

All because He says to me – “Go.  Jenny, Go!”
“Here I am Lord, send ME!” 
I want to go.
I want to.
I want.
And even that little word “I” gets me stuck. It sounds like it’s all about me, and it isn’t – and it is. 

shine Jesus. 
ambush people with His love. 
assassinate lies with His grace. 

I will be seen – I will be noticed - so that my example as a mom, wife, ministry leader, and woman – will be a torch that shines so bright that others will be inspired to crack their flashlight drawer wide open – and insert some fresh batteries into their custom-made lights.

“You’re so busy already.”
“Why take on more than you already do?”
“How do you fit it all in?”
“Aren’t you afraid you’re neglecting your kids?”
“Isn’t it easier to have a lighter schedule?”
“Don’t you get tired of people?”

I looked over my texts today.  My emails.  I replay my phone call last night with five coaching clients.  

I see His light. 

It’s bright.  It’s brilliant.  It’s His.  Who am I NOT to Shine – louder, longer, faster, harder, busier? 

We are women.
Broken. Now Whole.
Redeemed at the cross.

We are hope givers.
Life breathers.
Wounded warriors empowered by the King – leading others to their healing.

I spoke with a woman for one hour last week.  She was a wreck.  A blazing hot mess. In one hour, with many questions, seeking His truth together, she moved from despair to hope. From death to life. 

She saw and heard His truth.
His Light.
His Life.
In Jenny.
This is why I go. 
This is why my mission matters. 

And so does yours.

Who are you NOT to shine?

About This Week's Contributor 
Jenny Price is a Chosen Child of the King; Married to Matt; Mom to Wil, Kylie, Davis, Gloria and Dalton; Adoption Advocate; Identical twin; Mentor/Coach/Speaker/Writer; Runner/Pilates trainer; Warrior for Women ready to move out of their old stories; Risk Taker/Dreamer. Jenny uses her first book, 7 Shifts, as a tool in her coaching ministry. She blogs at I Woke Up Yesterday, and coaches at  Everyday Lifeline.

About the Women in Ministry Series 
The Women in Ministry Series is a collection of guest posts that aims to provide an alternative to the women in ministry debates by telling the stories of women in ministry and encourage women to explore their God-given callings.

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