Dear World Changer,
If you have ever heard me sing, you have probably plugged your ears. If you have ever seen me dance, you have probably closed your eyes… and told the person sitting next to you, that it is best if they close their eyes too.
As a junior higher, I had always wanted to be known for one thing, and one thing only. I hoped that one night, God would give me the voice of an angel and I would be known for my voice. All my close friends at the time were dancers so, you bet your bottom dollar, I wanted to be just like them. I hoped that God would give me the ability to dance the way they did.
Fast forwards six years… it still hasn’t happened. I am not your typical church girl who has downloaded all five versions of Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong… never mind being able to sing the original. I cannot dance majestically to… well any song really. I wasn’t given the ability to sing or dance, but thankfully I was given the ability to live a wild and free life… and so are you.
A wild and free life? What in the world? Well, let me start by explaining “wild”.
God calls each and every single one of us His people. You’ve heard it multiple times before, though it says in Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image”. If you know the same God as I do, you must have a pretty good understanding on how creative he really is. He is not just one thing, he is multiple. He is not just love, nor is he just patient… he is both (and much more). I don’t know about you, but I was caught up in the “what is my gifting” stage of life for a long time. Though, I came to a realization that I am not supposed to be just one thing. God never puts labels on us. He doesn’t call us “love” or “humorous”. He calls us by our name. A name that defines billions of things. He created us to be wild, to run with wisdom and knowledge of who He says we are.
Often times we find ourselves afraid to be wild. The world has created this stigma on the word wild… as if no being should ever stand close to living on the edge.“You don’t want to put yourself out there too much… ” they say. I give that statement a huge thumbs down. When did God ever say that we are “too much” for him? People have said to me countless of times, “Bernadette, calm down, you’re too wild”. Most of the time when this comment has been made to me, I feel like the “boring people police” has given me a ticket for stepping out of my comfort. Although, not once in the Bible does it indicate that God wants us to be trapped in a box. Just look at the life of Jesus. His whole life was based off of living on the edge. He went on so many adventures and did so many crazy things that caught the people’s attention, in which they were then led to God. Now, let’s take a peek into our own lives. God provides us each with different opportunities every single day because he calls us all to be wild. He calls you to do things no one else but you could do. He calls you to be crazy and to live a life full of courage and bravery, to experience the things in which he has planned for you.
You’ve heard the story of Jesus’ death on the cross a number of times. Sometimes, we hear it so often that we miss out on the significance in the story. Jesus didn’t just die for our sins to be forgiven and the story ends there. No, he died to reveal to the world how much he loves us and to allow us to live a life full of freedom. He did this to provide us with a life of true meaning in which we can write a story with a clean slate. To live a life free from guilt, anger, depression, anxiety, you name it. Jesus takes it all from us so we can live freely. Now, you may be reading this thinking, “If Jesus said he would take it all from me, why do I still have sin in my life”? Well, truth is folks… none of us are perfect. Sometimes (for myself, very often…) we make bad decisions and end up being trapped in a box, that we somehow manage to put ourselves in.
So, world changer, you ARE free. Free from any labels, free to run, and free to dance. You are free to start writing your wild and free story. With an understanding of who God calls you to be… the world is at your fingertips.
I began to write my wild and free story just last year. It all started in a coffee shop with one of my mentors. I told her how God gave me this crazy idea, that I need to bring an event similar to Radiate to my school. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, or where to even start, but she encouraged me to be obedient and God would take care of the rest. I entered the school year with excitement, though nothing came from it. I had gathered teachers and guidance counsellors together to present the idea. They were supportive, yet they did not see the true purpose in having this event. Soon, that excitement was quickly stolen from me. Satan would constantly whisper “this was no God given dream”. So, you guessed it, I doubted God… a lot.
One full year had gone by, and I am now into my senior year! I came back to school with a refreshing confidence knowing that God’s plan was not finished. Over the summer I had been listening to the local christian radio station when Joyce Meyers came on. She said a bold statement that changed my perception on how I was doing things. “God can’t drive a parked car” she said. So, I decided to start the engine again, in which God instantly led me to my principal. I briefly described what the event would look like and why I wanted to have it take place at our school. I told him I wanted to name it Dynamic because I believe God has made every girl with unique qualities in which ties us all together. We are all a piece to his puzzle.
Fast forward to Thursday November 30th, 2017 at 5:30pm. Over 75 girls signed up and swarmed into my high school gymnasium with expectant hearts. They picked up their personally written cards which had a word of encouragement for each of them. At the bottom was a verse in which most christians know, although to someone who has never been exposed to the Bible, this verse was something very new. “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31:25. I chose this verse because “wild and free” is written all over it. I wanted to give the girls a glimpse into what a life of freedom could look like, in hopes that they would want that same freedom for themselves. The night was then followed by food, music, dancing, games, giveaways and a message by our very own… Pastor Natasha. As the night went on I became more and more excited about what God had put together. A sense of true joy flooded the room and you could see every girl become unchained piece by piece.
As the night came to an end, I had one girl come up to me explaining how grateful she was to be there in that moment. She explained to me how her home life was not good at all. Every pause that Pastor Natasha took, she feared that the message was coming to an end. She just couldn’t get enough. She knew there was such life, truth, and freedom that came from every word that was spoken.
This was when my eyes were really opened to what God had done. Despite every challenge that I faced (and there was A LOT) God’s plans never failed. He used that desire of mine to be wild and free and gave me a project in which he knew would not only open my own eyes, but the eyes of the people around me. Now don’t get me wrong, this whole journey was definitely not all sunshine and rainbows. Although I prayed constantly to be used… I didn’t want to be used anymore in these challenging moments. I felt like I was constantly being shut down by everyone around me. In fact, one teacher would tell me every time we met to talk about the event, that I needed to think realistically. Being the rebellious teenager I am (hehe) I never listened to her. I knew God’s plans were way too big and crazy to be “realistic”. I wasn’t going to let someone who doesn’t know my God, tell me what he can and can’t do. Although I was I frustrated in those moments, the challenges I faced didn’t bother me in the end. I knew that if satan didn’t try to throw things in my way to distract me, I wasn’t completely being obedient to God.
So, my advice to you? Don’t shy away from being the person God has called you to be. We are never “too much” or “not enough” for him. He calls us all to be wild and free. To be able to do anything as he gives us all the courage and freedom to do so. Although it may seem crazy, do it anyway. Don’t just sit in the pews and pray in the churches, but get out there and flip the world upside down. So c’mon world changers… let’s get wild.