“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
I have heard this quote many times throughout my life. I can’t say I have a specific “they” that comes to mind, but rather events and situations; events and situations that my younger self thought were the end of the road. It was not the end of the road, but rather the momentary darkness that I needed to grow; the momentary darkness that I needed as apart of God’s greater purpose. “They didn’t know we were seeds.” For me this means, no matter what obstacles you face or whatever terrible situation you find yourself in you can still grow from it. We know that God has a greater purpose even in these trying times.
I’m currently reading a book called Believe Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels and it has motivated me in so many ways to redefine my perceived setbacks as a redirection to God’s true intentions for my life. I have so much peace in realizing these things didn’t happen against me, but they happened for me. I really encourage you to read the book!
In addition to all the shifts occurring in my life because of this book, there is also one little event that I think created a spark for this growth mindset…and that is FNCE. For those of you who don’t know, FNCE stands for Foods & Nutrition Conference & Expo. It’s basically this giant event for dietetics professionals, students, and exhibitors to network as well as share knowledge, resources, and products. It was probably one of my most exciting experiences as a budding nutrition student. However, before going into this event I didn’t really know what to expect. This was my first conference; and while I knew I was going to a conference I guess it didn’t register in my brain that this would be a professional environment. Another student who had been to FNCE before said I could just wear what I typically wear to class and be fine. Long story short, it was not fine.
I typically wear jeans and a nice blouse to class…maybe a cardigan and flats. It was freezing at the time of the conference, so I also wore my big utility coat. MAN…did I feel out of place. I wasn’t the only person in jeans and there were hundreds of people at the conference; but I’m pretty sure 90% of the people there were in business professional attire. In my mind I was a hot mess. From that moment I literally vowed to myself to never leave the house like that again, and whatever conference or professional business meeting I went to next…I WOULD BE PREPARED. It was a learning opportunity.
I now firmly believe that if you’re putting yourself in a professional environment you need to put your best forward; not just with clothing, but how you present yourself as a whole. Some would say that presentation doesn’t matter and “who cares what people think?”. I disagree. In my 23 years of life I’ve learned that to be taken seriously in a professional setting, how you present yourself does matter. You can’t just show up, you also have to be prepared. I still don’t have it all figured out, but i’m learning and growing.
I took the picture below at a conference I went to this past week. To be honest, I may have been a little overdressed, but I wasn’t in jeans!…. baby steps! Last time it was attire, this time I noticed I need to work on networking more. Ultimately, I did learn a lot and met some great professionals in my field. The mind shift that occurred after FNCE wasn’t just a physical one, but a mental one. I now have a strong desire to be the best I can be in every area of my life, not just to impress people, but as an extension of my faith. If you read my last post, you know my newly established philosophy. I want to give God my best every day.
We are made in the image of Christ, so why not present our best selves to the world? When we show up, and we show up prepared…I think that brings God great glory. I like this quote, “You are Christ brand. You are a billboard for Christ.” This is true. We represent Him and His Kingdom.
On a much different note, I’m reminded on this Good Friday that Jesus surely didn’t go to the Cross for us to live mediocre lives. Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst (1 Timothy 1:15) and give us new life. I’m humbled that Christ loved me (and you) so much to die for our sins. I’m happy that He doesn’t leave me in my mess, but gives me the power to overcome. Because of His pain, suffering, and the nails that pierced His flesh…I’m not bound to death, fear, anxiety, shame, or idleness. God gave us His best by sending His only Son…let’s strive to give Him our best; not just for a weekend but with our lives.
Cheers to growth,