Day by day God is teaching me to be intentional with my words. What I speak, write and even think have a profound impact, not only on myself, but also those around me. Words and experiences help form our ideology and beliefs.
For example when we are pregnant, everyone asks, "How is the baby and when is your baby due?" Nobody asks, "How is your fetus, when is your fetus due?" Yet, when difficulties in pregnancy arise the baby suddenly becomes a fetus therefore changing perceptions, rendering a baby less than precious, even dispensable.
When I am asked what I do for work, how I reply often depends on my state of confidence. At times I reply, "I write." And if I am having a particularly daring day, I tell others, "I'm an author." There are many days that I don't 'feel' like an author, as if there is some kind of grand author ideal out there and I don't measure up. Yet, despite my feelings God is teaching me to embrace and share the fact. I think part of the problem in announcing my 'authordom' is I don't like labels. People put you in a box when you tell them you do something for a living. So sometimes I like to mix it up, keep it fresh and be defined by who I am not what I am.
So I wanted to ask you all how would you like to introduce yourself? It doesn't have to be something you would actually say aloud in public. If you could declare to the world in full who you are in one sentence, what would you shout? At the risk of blowing my own horn and doing something entirely against the Australian grain, here is what I would say:
My name is Nicole Watson, princess in the Kingdom of Heaven, God's salt and light upon the earth, perfectly imperfect thanks to Jesus, speaker of truth and encourager of others.
Now, share yours with me and do something really brave and say it aloud. Remember your words and thoughts impact your beliefs.
Author of Sam's Heart