Day fourteen || 30days30minutes
For some reason, when I think of "feminism", this is the first thing that comes to mind--
Maybe it's the way she gets them all whiled up for this really great sleepover dance scene or maybe it's the way they find a common thread of hurt and refuse to let themselves be victims because of it (oh yeah, 13 going on 30 can be real deep). Perhaps its because this moment, I think this scene is the perfection depiction of the power women have when they put aside the expectations of others and forced guidelines of who to and not to be and thus dance harder because the weight on them is lighter.
I thought for a long time that feminism was a "secular" term, until I realized how masognistic the church can be sometimes (sometimes intentionally and most times out of naivety) and realized even deeper the need for it to be a universal topic of conversation. Last night, I attended my churchs' women ministry event, WOMEN ARE _____ (the blank space is filled every month with a new word; Brave, Strong, United, Called, Enough.
In that room, over four-hundred women gathered together and heard the stories of other women who have been strong in their lives. SPOILER! Want to know the common thread in all of their stories? They had to experience what weakness looked like first, they had to be pulled out of their comfort zone and thrown into the dirt in order to know what getting back up looked like.
I was overwhelmed and literally had goosebumps by the experience of it all. Do you know the type of power women have when we're all together? Do you know the type of damage (i mean the good kind) that we could do when we finally stop looking at one another as competition and realize WE'RE LITERALLY IN THIS TOGETHER?! *cue High school musical choreography*
The possibilities are infinite, the potential is monumental and therefore the fear is even greater.
Fear that we of women have in ourselves and fear that people have of us.
You're not a threat.
You are not a ticking bomb.
You are not a volcano of unruly emotions.
You are not bossy.
You are not any name outside of your own given to you by birth.
You are not the fistful of apologies you stuff in your mouth when you have absolutely nothing to be sorry for.
You are not less.
I think it's sad that we have to live in a world that we have to refer to ourselves as feminist when we just know exactly who we are, what we're called to do and know that we will not in your boxes. THAT'S CALLED BEING HUMAN. I am human and I just so happen to be created with a little extra hip, sass and also potential and the ability to communicate really well. But you better believe I will call myself whatever I need to until people realize this is truth not the exception nor the rule but every bit of truth.
I don't know why we're still having the conversation of weather or not women should be pastors. GO SOMEWHERE.
The answer is yes. The answer is heck yes.
I will never forget when my Mom preached her first sermon at my baptist church and had to speak on the floor when just weeks before a twelve-year old boy speak and was able to share his message from the pulpit. This image-- is engrained in my mind because I don't believe that's what Jesus intended at all. Not the same Jesus who allowed WOMEN to tell everyone that he had rose from the grave, not the Jesus who CONSTANTLY allowed WOMEN to be such crucial parts of the gospel story. Not the same Jesus who MIND YOU was brought into this world by --HOLD UP ....A WOMAN!! Woah game changer.
Today was spent surrounded by a group of high school and college aged women who were told in various ways by various people that their story was one worth hearing and worth sharing. This has to be reiterated at conferences because they get told everyday that they aren't enough. It will never get exhausting having to remind women that they're powerful, strong, wise, loved, gifted and worthy but it does get exhausting when they are hearing the very opposite from everywhere else.
This is my woman empowerment post.
This is my, you are more than enough girl, woman, lady anthem.
When we realize the potential we have individually AND the potential we have together -- hot dang you better believe this world AINT READY. Because when we come, we will not come with vengeance, we will come with confidence and a woman with confidence is enough to shatter the very foundation of reality as we know it.