• A question that I’m frequently asked is, “How do you deal with the pushback you get for preaching?” Up until recently, my response would almost always begin with a chuckle. Pushback? What pushback? I guess I must not come from a circle where women are discouraged to teach. I — for one — have never experienced pushback.
Little did I know, pushback had become a frequent visitor of a mentor of mine, who has been gladly taking the hit from others on my behalf. Little did I know, he was navigating difficult conversations behind the scenes, just so I could be given a few opportunities on stage. Little did I know, I never had to face fiery opposition because someone has been facing it all for me, on my behalf, so that I could have a shot.
There’s something incredible about having someone who wholeheartedly believes in you. Someone who bears the weight of resistance so that you can have the freedom to soar. Someone who joyfully takes the beating so that your value can be realized. It’s absolutely incredible and simultaneously insane.
I can’t help but think about this and hear the echoes of a familiar narrative. Of a man name Jesus who, for the joy set before him, endured the cross on our behalf. Who took the hit so we would never have to. Who faced opposition so that we could have a shot at walking out our identity. And it’s here that we arrive at the truth that will never get old: The gospel is absolutely incredible and simultaneously insane. • #instanovel #doesanyonereadcaptions