I remember the first time someone asked me to speak at a conference. I had only been teaching for about a year and I wasn’t sure I was ready. I knew it was going to stretch me more than I thought was possible.
I was one scared newbie!
But I’ll never forget the way it made me feel to know that someone saw in me something I never had seen in myself. I was honored by her confidence in me and I knew that if I was going to say anything at that conference that would be worth listening to, I would need to saturate myself in His Word and bask in His presence. I was just to be a voice doing all I could to convey His heart to theirs.
That was 24 years ago and a plethora of speaking engagements later my role is still the same. I’m just a voice. He is the message.
Looking back, I can’t help but wonder where I would be if that one sweet woman wouldn’t have seen potential in me.
I learned a lot from her as well as several other women who have poured their lives into mine and challenged me to become who I was created to be.
Those sweet women helped me understand the value as well as some key ingredients necessary to help other women step into the shoes they were meant to fill.
Here’s five ways to help other women walk in their own God-given shoes:
God has given leaders the unique role and responsibility of helping others become who they were created to be. Always on the lookout for latent talent and God-given gifts, good leaders see in others what they may not see in themselves and then not only offer them opportunities to begin fulfilling them but also help them along the way. And as a leader, there is nothing so sweet as watching other women walk well in their own shoes.
Stephanie Shott is the author of Understanding What Matters Most (a Bible study on Ecclesiastes) and founder of The M.O.M. Initiative (a missional mentoring ministry dedicated to taking Titus 2 to the streets). She is also a popular, practical and passionate speaker and Bible teacher who travels to share hope for the hurting, peace for the weary and truth for all.