- Holistic healing vs medical treatment.
- Covid vs plandemic.
- Homeschool vs public school.
Is it worth it?
If you feel called by God to do something, there is risk.
It can be tempting to hold back, play small, or hide because of self-doubts or fear.
Fear that people might judge you, might misjudge your intentions, criticize or disagree with you.
I had an experience with this after a webinar I gave a couple of days ago.
We had a lot of tech issues with Zoom so I stayed up late to re-record the webinar to send to the 500+ people who registered so they'd have a week to watch it. I finished recording late at night and felt utterly exhausted.
Then I opened an email.
It was a woman yelling at me, harshly criticizing me.
She thought any webinar related to faith should be 100% free content, and not have an offer for people to purchase more content.
After reeling from the hurt, I thought about how grateful I am that so many others follow promptings to create faith-based books, music, art, or audio CDs that I have purchased that bless my life.
I love my Sheri Dew books, my Steven Sharp Nelson music, my Jesus and angel art around my house, and my Hank Smith CDs. It's a good thing those people don't agree with that woman, or the shelves at Deseret Book would be empty.
I thought of how I'm doing my best to follow God's direction to me to create a business being a faith-based mentor, speaker, blogger, and author. I do give plenty of free firesides and such, and I also have times when I charge because that's how business works, after all.
The webinar was valuable, free content, with a short segment of offering a paid program for those interested. The woman was incredulous.
Early the next morning I had a mentoring session where the client expressed awareness that she's been hiding, playing small, and holding back because of fear. Fear of being judged, misjudged, or falsely accused.
This thought popped into both my mind and my client's mind.
"What if Joseph Smith or Jesus held back because of fear of being criticized?"
That fear would have kept them from fulfilling their missions.
Here's the truth.
There is a risk when we step out of our comfort zone and step into doing what God calls us to do.
It happened to Jesus. To Joseph Smith. To Joseph of Egypt. To Nephi. To Alma. To Joan of Arc. To Martin Luther King, Jr. To missionaries. To converts. To me. Perhaps to you too.
People may criticize you.
They may judge you.
They may misjudge you.
Is it worth the risk?
I'm sure grateful Jesus chose to accept the risk and accomplish His mission.
I'm sure grateful Joseph did. And many other heroes.
Yes, to me, it's worth the risk to do what I feel God calling me to do.
And I'm very grateful to have mentoring tools to help me work through the emotions when it happens.
How about you?
“The doctrine of a Heavenly Mother is a cherished and distinctive belief among Latter-day Saints.” -The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gospel Topics
“I am a beloved daughter of Heavenly Parents.”-The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Young Women’s ThemeHere are resources to help you connect with Heavenly Mother.
This was one of my favorite lines from the podcast:
"Wouldn't the adversary be thrilled to rob us of a Mother's love? Wouldn't he be thrilled to justify the oppression of women under a false narrative? Wouldn't he be glad to have us waste our time avoiding seeking Her, rather than embracing Her? ... The work of hiding a divine being and ignoring a Deity sounds much more like the adversary than anything I know about God."
These three women, all LDS Returned Missionaries who are attending or have graduated from BYU, have great insights about our Heavenly Mother.
They answer these questions:
1) What is the Church’s position on Heavenly Mother?2) Why does Heavenly Mother matter?3) Why did they start the Seeking Heavenly Mother project?4) What is the positive impact of more discussion about Heavenly Mother?5) What can we do as individuals?
This was a transformative podcast for me. I learned so much with several light bulb experiences. I encourage all our listeners to listen to and share this podcast. It will help you have a better relationship with our Heavenly Parents, find more hope and healing, and help others come unto Christ.
Thank you Kayla, Emily and Charlotte for you beautiful and unique life mission. You are three of my new heroes.