“What we believe in our hearts matters more than what we know in our minds,” says Nona Jones, well-known preacher, executive, entrepreneur, and writer of Killing Comparison. She joins VOICES’ Where Ya From? podcast to share how the trajectory of her life dramatically changed when she began believing in her heart that she truly is who God says she is. Join us to learn how to be inspired—rather than expired—by people we compare ourselves with, and see how Nona was able to push past the comparison game.

Guest Bio:

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. In her day job she serves as the Director of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith Partnerships at Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. She is the bestselling author of two books; Success from the Inside Out, chronicling her unlikely story of success after a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse, and From Social Media to Social Ministry, the globally acclaimed guide to digital discipleship for churches.

She is the founder of Faith & Prejudice, a social justice organization that is equipping local churches across North America to build bridges to racial equity. She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Church in Gainesville, FL and are the proud parents of two boys, Timothy, Jr. and Isaac, and one Goldendoodle, Shiloh.

Notes & Quotes:

  • She was like, “you’re never going to amount to anything,” and I was living down to her words. “Well, if I'm not going to be anything, what’s the point of trying?”
  • I knew what the Bible said. I totally knew fearfully and wonderfully made and all that, but it wasn’t what I knew in my mind that was the problem, it’s what I believed in my heart. And so much of what I believed in my heart was shaped by what happened to me as a child.
  • The problem is you’re pursuing this because you want other people to approve of you. And as long as you want other people to approve of you, you’re not going to get what you want.
  • The hero of the story is Jonathan because he found a way to secure his identity to who God says he was. And because he did that, he wasn’t insecure. He was like, David, you could have my garment, have my weapons, man, I’m going to pray for you. I hope it all works out.
  • There is no one on earth who has a big enough vision to see all that God has placed within you. So don’t allow anyone on earth to make you diminish your understanding of who you are, because they can’t even see it.

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Verses Mentioned:

  • 1 Samuel 13 & 14
  • Psalm 1
  • Psalm 27:10
  • Proverbs 18:21