Why there’s room for you

We look at the books on the shelves.

We listen to the song on the radio.

We watch the speaker at the event.

And we ask, “How is there room for me?” It can feel like that everything worth doing has already been done. As wise Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun.

But here’s the secret: it’s not about what you do–it’s about YOU.

We’ve never read your words.

We’ve never heard your song.

We’ve never listened to your message.

I believe we’re made in the image of God. And that means there’s a part of who He is that only gets shown to the world through who you are. Like a little puzzle piece. What will you reveal?

If you don’t let it show, we’ll never know.

There’s room for you.

Dare to step into that space, your place.

No one else can.

No one else ever will.

Just you.

Just as you are.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    Mmmmm … yes.

    Celebrating the uniqueness of God’s children with you, Holley. Thank you for this good word, a bit of encouragement to step into our place in history. Reminds me of the verses in Acts 17, which tell us that God has marked out certain places and certain times for each of us … right where we are.

    Grateful for your ministry of words.

  2. Meredith Waldron says

    Dear Holley,
    Again, a good message and reminder to us. One comment I would make, as a former English major, is to proofread the old-fashioned way. That darned old spell check is sneaky, and it can take the edge off our ability – and make us lazy! There are two typos in the message and they were distracting. Just a suggestion from a 58-year-old, unemployed wife, who would love to have a home-based job proof reading for someone!
    Love in Christ,
    Meredith Waldron

    • Holley says

      Thanks, Meredith, I do proofread the old-fashioned way and I still miss things. I had to reread three times to find the ones you mentioned! I’m a big picture girl and the details tend to escape me–but I’m trying to be better. Thanks for extending grace to me and my little words.

  3. says

    Thank you, Holley. I needed to read this today. Can I be terribly honest? There’s a grumpy side of me that says, “Easy for Holley to say, she has 27,000 subscribers and a best-selling book.” But I think that’s what I love about you. You could look down from your success and tell the rest of us to give it up – but you do the opposite. I love your writing and your heart. Thanks for using your gifts to encourage others like me.

    • Holley says

      Of course you can be honest, Becky! And let me be honest too: none of those things makes the insecurity go away. I can always compare myself to someone else who has even MORE subscribers or an even BETTER selling book. We’re all just clinging to Jesus together and trying to remember that what we have to say matters.

  4. Darci says

    I just had a brief conversation with my sister this morning about this very thing. Thank you for your timely words. Blessings ~

  5. Jillie says

    Hey Holley…I think this is my first time to leave a comment here. I love your encouragement offered here today. Trouble is, most people who offer ‘success’ to someone else…already have great success in their own life. The ‘average Joe’ like me, isn’t always so sure all things are possible. I’d like to still believe…but, I guess fear is the major hold-back for me. And, like what could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? Even IF it is me saying it?

    • Holley says

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Jillie! Like I was saying to Becky above, “success” doesn’t change any of the insecurity or make those whispers of fear go away. I still struggle with them. So does every woman I know–even the ones far more “successful” than I am. We are called to speak because we are part of the body of Christ and Jesus has said that means what we have to say matters. I Cor 12:12-26 is one of my favorite passages about that.

  6. Angelica Wilshire says

    Thank you Holley for the reminder.
    God help me not get caught up with what things look like, or if I am being me enough – Help me trust that being with you makes the difference.
    In Jesus’ name – Amen.

  7. says

    Halleluia! Even though it may have been said thousands upon thousands of times: I am an image bearer of God – ’cause Christ lives in me. I do BELONG to my faithful Savior. I have been CHOSEN, APPOINTED, ANNOINTED by the Holy Spirit. I am a child of the KING. I am a new creature IN Christ. The great I AM has brought me into His perfect oneness, Father, Son , Holy Spirit And We are the family of God, the Righteousness of Christ!!! Halleluia!!
    Couldn’t you all just go on and on about what He accomplished?

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  8. Janet Souleyrette says

    HEY HOLLEY,

    SO BLOWN AWAY BY GOD’S TIMING OF RECEIVING YOUR EMAIL TODAY!
    ENCOURAGEMENT AND INSPIRATION PAVES THE WAY FOR OUR HEART’S DOOR TO BECOME UNLOCKED FROM THE DOUBT THE ENEMY KEEPS TOSSING .. AND SENDING OUR WAY…
    I LOVE TO GO INTO .. OOPS, LOVE WHEN GOD LEADS ME TO GO TO MY FAV BOOKSTORE WHEN THE ENEMY IS CLOSING IN AND DIGGING UNDER MY SKIN TO JUST GIVE IT UP AND NOT TRUST IN WHAT GOD HAS INSTORE AND ALREADY BEGAN…
    SO AMAZED HOW HE SPEAKS SO CLEARLY THRU EACH HEART TO HEART CARD AS I STAND THERE READING THE ONE’S HE HAS PLACED BEFORE ME ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY.. THE ICING ON THE CAKE! SO BLOWN AWAY HOW THE SCRIPTURE INSIDE IS JUST WHAT HE HAD PRESCRIBED ! SO HARD TO DECIDE WHICH ONES TO PURCHASE.. LOVE ALL OF THEM!! I HAVEN’T SEEN YOUR OTHER GIFTS BUT WILL CHECK THEM OUT ONLINE!
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING WHAT GOD HAS PLACED IN YOUR HEART WITH THE WORLD!
    GOD IS GOOD AND ALWAYS FAITHFUL..

    janet

    LAMENTATIONS 3:23 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

  9. Holley says

    Thanks so much for your encouragement and your questions. This is a message I have to remind myself of again and again. You might look at what I do and say, “She doesn’t struggle with that. She knows her voice matters.” But whatever I’m writing to you, I need to hear too. I struggle with discouragement and insecurity just like everyone else. Glad we’re in this together!

  10. Gina Smith says

    Hi Holley! So glad God made beautiful unique you. I am so very grateful for the wonderful and encouraging email/blog , books, and cards you write. Thank you for the wonderful reminder that there is only one me with my own uniqueness to share in the image of our Father. So thank you because God willing I will step out and accept the challenge to be me and use those gifts and talents God has equipped me.
    Great reminder – nothing new under the sun , but it’s time for me to create! :0)

  11. says

    Holley, thank you for encouraging my heart today with your words. I sometimes feel like a little fish in a huge ocean. I want to know that my words matter, that they make a difference, yet I always want it to be about Christ. I know that He’s given me a passion to write and to share my life in God to encourage the hearts of women. Thank you for breathing life on that dream today.

  12. says

    Holley, you need to add a phrase to your bio.: MIND READER! It’s as if you saw into my head and were speaking directly to me. I’ve wrestled with those very thoughts, thoughts which have kept me from going ahead with my blog, thoughts which reasserted themselves with every technical difficulty I encountered with WordPress (& they were legion!), thoughts which made me ask, “Who am I to think someone out there might want to read what I’m writing?” And there’s the fear of critics as well–people who will simply be on a totally different page philosophically. I fear too that I am not “holy enough” to do this.
    Thank you for these words. Thank you for this welcoming space.

  13. Anita says

    Thanks so much. I like this quote by Henry Van Dyke: “Use what talents you possess: the woods would be silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best”.

  14. says

    I was awake at 3:00 a.m. this morning (again), thinking these very words “What can I say Lord that has not already been said? What can I write that has not already been written? Who am I to think what I say really matters or anyone else would care to read?” And yet, I have this burning passion to aspire to inspire and motivate others who struggle with life’s challenges, just like myself. I have been struggling for months to know what to do, but I know I must and will begin a new blog to complement one I wrote a couple of years ago when my husband was looking for work for almost two years and the challenges we overcame during that time. Thank you Holley for continually advocating we are all a special piece of God’s miraculous puzzle of life!

  15. says

    Thank you for this. I have so many ideas but I always talk myself out of going after them because I feel like it has already been done, and probably better than I can do it. Thanks for the reminder that I have a unique voice.

  16. Joy says

    Thanks so much, Holley!! It was great timing for me too because just the night before, I had sent out some thoughts on my heart from God’s word to family and friends–I sensed God wanted me to send it, even though it was nothing extra-special or written with great wisdom. But, I love to write, and I wanted to be obedient, so I sent it out. Your encouragement was a confirmation to me–no one else will share what is on my heart–what I share will be uniquely mine. We each have something unique to offer to people that can touch them in a way that only OUR OWN SELF can touch–whether it be words spoken, a heart shared, care given, whatever. Again, thanks, and please keep blessing us with all that God placed on YOUR UNIQUE AND SPECIAL heart!

  17. Terre says

    I like the last sentence. Just as I am. It means so much to me that my creator loves me just as I am (after years of experience living the try-hard life) Thank you Holley. Keep the encouraging words coming our way!

  18. says

    You are the first person that has ever voiced this thought and it’s been in my mind so much! I know many people feel as though they can’t make a difference, but there is something in the thought that what’s worth doing has already been done.

  19. says

    I want to say thank you. Thank you for sharing your piece of the puzzle here and at She Speaks 2012. I went to the conference to help a friend out in the prayer room. While I was there she encouraged me to attend the classes; so that’s what I did. However, I didn’t realize God was calling me to do something bigger. I was called and confirmed at she speaks. One of your statements I’ve clung to : if other people think your dream seems crazy, it’s okay. God hasn’t given it to them yet.

    Upon returning from the conference I have been asked to lead an online bible study, and just yesterday starting organizing my very own blog. I’m not a writer nor a blogger so ths is pretty insane. However I feel like this is how God would have me to promote the online study. So thank you for the continued encouragement!!

  20. Sandy says

    Hi Holley,
    So true! Sometimes we feel that we have nothing significant to contribute; does my opinion matter. But, God gave us all gifts that we need to embrace, that are uniquely ours. We just have to keep praying.

    Shalom, Sandy

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