Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others but feel inadequate to the task? Or perhaps you believe the influence you could have is stifled by your everyday responsibilities. Well, believe it or not, you have incredible influence, and today you’ll learn how that’s true.
Author Bobi Ann Allen joins me on the 4:13 Podcast and shares that when you view your life through the lens of leadership, it turns the mundane into meaningful and the small into significant. She’ll help you see that you do have influence, and that influence is tied to your identity in Christ.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: You can win the book Shadow Christians: Making an Impact When No One Knows Your Name by this week’s podcast guest. Keep reading to find out how!
Have you ever heard of a shadow Christian?
Shadow Christians are people who work in the margins—in the shadows created by the spotlight shining on others. Sometimes shadow Christians can feel insignificant or overlooked. But God chooses and uses shadow Christians.
She greeted me when I walked into the cafeteria on Parents’ Day. Our oldest son was a freshman in college and this was the first time after dropping him off that we’d been back to visit. We’d met faculty, his resident director, and lots of his new friends. So when this woman greeted me, I asked, “Tell me who you are?”
She hesitated. I wondered if I should know her? I imagine she looked down and saw my white cane and realized I couldn’t see her, and that’s probably why she answered in a voice as warm and inviting as dark hot chocolate, “Oh, Ma’am. I’m nobody. I just clean tables.”
“You are not a nobody! You are not just a table cleaner!” I told her. “I’m Jennifer. What’s your name?” She laughed and told me. I thought to myself, “Nobody is a nobody!”
Nobody is just a table cleaner. Or just a mom. Or just a clerk or just a CPA or just a… anything!