"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
I bet you remember being asked that question when you were a little girl. Odds are that you ask the same question of the little people in your life today. So much hope and optimism is behind that question, so much potential still waiting to be unleashed.
But somewhere along life's journey, that question probably became less hopeful. The demands and pressures of real life began to dictate what we ought to do rather than what we long to do. The expectations of others, our mistakes, and our experiences shaped us, often leaving us with little hope of achieving those childhood dreams we once were brave enough to voice.
Something deep inside each of us longs to count. We want to matter to the world. We long to make a difference. We get bored, tired, even depressed by routine and monotony. We're desperate for significance. We're searching for acknowledgment. We beam when someone says, "You matter." We seek praise, accolades, and awards, but somehow once we achieve them, they feel empty and we move on to another desperate search for the next fix that will affirm our worth.
A Specific Purpose
I believe that you are specifically designed to impact the world in a way that no one else can. You have a specific purpose—a calling that only you are qualified to fulfill. And as leaders in ministry, the way you steward your influence not only impacts you, but it impacts all those you lead.
We were made to influence others. God designed us to live in community with one another and by simple proximity we are influencing the people around us. Each one of us has a sphere of influence that God has entrusted to us. We have the amazing privilege of partnering with God to positively impact the lives of others.1