Do You Have The Courage To Be You? was the provocative question that changed the entire trajectory of Jenny’s life, and became the impetus used to propel her on a journey of discovering her water-walking, giant-slaying, history-making destiny. She prays it will do the same for you. As Jenny neared her fortieth birthday, she felt pitifully ordinary, was mired in mediocrity, and cloaked in comfort. She knew courage would be required for her to leave the known for the unknown.
What does it mean to have the courage to be you? What thought patterns or belief systems keep you from being you? What challenges must be faced? How do you find your unique purpose? Within this powerful book, Jenny answers these questions, while transparently sharing her own story. Her journey led her to a vulnerable group of children - children who are being sold for sex - who needed a home and a family.
Jenny was recently honored as a top 10 nominee in L'Oreal's Women of Worth campaign.
Guest Post by Jenny Williamson
Before time began, you were imagined, planned and created on purpose for a purpose. You were meant to matter – to change this world. It is urgent you find the courage to be and do all you were created for because someone is waiting for you to be you. Shove aside your doubts, fears and insecurities. Come one! The world needs you.
We all want to matter, to make a difference. Age, geographic location, ethnic background nor financial status seem to dampen this longing. It is not exclusive to those of us professing a faith in God. The tremendous cross over sales of Pastor Rick Warren's book, The Purpose Driven Life, the movies we flock to where scripted heroes save the day in the face of evil and the prime time news segment titled "making a difference" where ordinary individuals are celebrated for changing their worlds in spite of difficult circumstances, all testify to our collective desire for purpose.
Deep in the bush of Tanzania, Africa, I spoke this message at a conference produced by our non-profit organization, Courage Worldwide. Hot under the African sun, on a stage built minutes before I was to speak, I proclaimed to hundreds of people, through an interpreter,"you were created on purpose for a purpose". I was anxious about bringing this message of purpose to people who lived in mud huts, had no running water, electricity or education. Because of their lack, I was hesitant to ask if they longed for their lives to matter. But I did. I even challenged them with the question that had changed my life, "do you have the courage to be you?" No one moved or spoke. Still, I continued, asking if anyone had dreams they believed could change their community and their world. Hands shot up and words I did not understand were shouted at me. I was now the one silent. The interpreter took pity on me and began to translate.
These precious people boldly shared their unique dreams and desires to make a difference in their families, their village and their world. They passionately spoke of starting their own businesses that ranged from schools, to taxi services and chicken coops. They talked of teaching, welding, and singing. I was in awe of what had been placed inside of them. Their circumstances did not dampen their desire to matter. I had labeled them poor. I was wrong. They were rich in faith but just needed someone to encourage them in their dreams – to believe in them so they could believe in themselves.
What about you? Do you too have dreams that you believe could change your community and your world? If so, I encourage you to pursue them. It will take courage but someone is waiting for you. My journey of purpose led me to children who were being sold for sex waiting for a safe home and family. I wonder where your journey will lead you. Do you have the courage to be you?
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