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An Open Letter to Young Women Leaders

The glory of God is man—and woman—fully alive.

My dear friend,

It is nothing short of joyous to see you in action—loving God and loving people. I don’t question that you are right where you’re supposed to be, for you are more than leaning into the calling placed on your life. Do you see what I see in you? Do you believe in what Christ wants to do through you?

Here’s what I know, you have the Three P’s: passion, potential, purpose. The alliteration may feel a little cheesy, but it just might stick with you—in the best and holiest of ways.


Let’s start at the beginning: although you are a young leader, you have passion. You come alive when someone asks you about your faith. You can remember when you first said yes to follow Jesus. You might recall, with tears or with laughter, how that moment changed you. Today, maybe you’re passionate about finance or children’s ministry. Maybe thinking about small groups or dreaming about how the church can engage the surrounding community makes you come alive like nothing else. Maybe you just finished seminary and you’re starting your first job as a clergywoman in the church. Or maybe you’re just begun to let this dream of full-time vocational ministry become a reality. Whatever it is that makes you come alive, the passion you have for God is nothing short of gravitational. It pulls you forward. It gives you life. It reminds you who you truly are in the deepest parts of your soul.

For God, creator of all, calls you his own. Pause for a moment and consider: this calling, passion, and life you possess are not your own. They’re God’s—all that you are is from him. You have passion to serve because he first had this passion for you. You have passion for ministry because he first called you his own. You have this passion for the church and for all these messy, holy humans because he first had passion for us.

Too often, I’ve gotten this passion mixed up. I’ve forgotten that God is big, and Cara is small—that he comes first and I come second. When my wires get crossed and I begin to believe that my passion is enough for the both of us, the results aren’t pretty.

So, do us all a favor and keep your holy ducks in a row. Let God be God. Let you be you. Let this passion flow as it was intended to flow, will you?


It’s not just passion that sustains you: there’s no doubt that you have great potential for the kingdom. Take a moment again to pause. Think about all the different parts and attributes and characteristics that make you you. He’s given you specific gifts and spectacular talents that mark you unique from all of the men and women around you. Now if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, and make you want to shout a hearty thank you, thank you, thank you, I don’t know what will!

September26, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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