No More Dismissing Your Power

July 14, 2014

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Let me just start by saying, I get it. You are about to head to the office, or perhaps Octonauts is on in the background, or you are driving through Starbucks. I get it. I get life- real normal life pressing in and this looks like it might get heavy. And it might BUT come on anyway.

Because almost louder than the grief today, was my heart racing at the hope I see. I thought about the power of power and what ridiculous amounts of power and influence we have been given- YOU have been given! I want to grab you by the shoulders and look in your eyes and all but shake you in your line at Starbucks because I know you don’t know it and even if you think you might have a little bit, it scares you to death so you don’t go there and half get mad at those of us that make you! And I get it because I feel everything the same and honestly rarely if ever do I hear the word power used as a positive word.

Power Struggle, Power trip, abuse of Power, addicted to Power, Power hungry…. off the top of my head.

Today was certainly no exception. We saw hundreds of skulls only representing over one million dead Rwandans and mass graves containing over 250,000 bodies killed during the brief genocide of 1994. We heard stories about the abuse of power taken to extremes that don’t feel human, the killing of toddlers, like Patrick, with Machetes. Um. Too much.

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All for a fight over power.

The outcomes of power:

Do Nothing

These are always the options.

And I think that the greatest problem we face, friends, in our tribe is not the abuse of power but the denial of it. We compare ourselves against ourselves and we feel small… but let’s be super clear on this: We are perhaps the most resourced and powerful generation of women to ever live on the earth.

Like Bruce Wayne before becoming Batman,he ran from the need around him and hid in his house. He was insecure, his eyes on himself and his power was being wasted. Until he realized people desperately needed something he could uniquely give.

Abusing power and denying power are both

I saw unthinkable effects of abusive power today but I also saw….


The power of a young man who survived the genocide by hiding in the woods with 2 of his little brothers eating raw potatoes out of gardens at night. Nobert’s parents and sisters were killed in front of him. Today, he is a brother and a father and husband and he has paid for his brothers’ school and bought them a house. He has taken his power and changed the world for his brothers, his wife, his kids, and he cries with pride that a suddenly orphaned boy could become a man and have a new family of his own.


He takes care of his brothers.


The power of one woman who needed some money to bring her Rwandan son home. She starts a company with a few pieces of jewelry that are given to her. And it is a step, no big deal but it grows and grows and then all of the sudden she is reaching the world. She didn’t set out to be a world changer, she just took initiative for what was right in front of her…a child. It didn’t feel powerful or big.


She brought home her son.

So how do we use power well?

It’s not about you. Whether it is feelings of inadequacy or a power trip- both shut down the building.

Take Initiative. Because we have been given much. Use your voice, resources, freedom, grace.

For Others. What are the needs you see? We are given power for the good of others.

Take responsibility for someone somewhere near you or far. If all of us use our power for that one thing…to take initiative for the good of a few people in our places? Can you imagine the force of that? No one else can harness the power uniquely given to you.

Quit trying to change the world and just start loving Then let’s just see what happens.

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24 Responses to “No More Dismissing Your Power”

  1. Amen and Amen and AMEN! sister…He has a purpose and a plan for each of our lives! We are simply called to obedience. Where the ripples stop after that first step is only known to Him. THANK YOU for pouring into my life and for inspiring me to invest in others fro HIS GLORY!

  2. Amen! We were just talking about this in my small group… how we have so much power and authority in us that goes untapped… unweilded. We have Christ in us, the hope of Glory and yet we are so often afraid of what that means or what He may ask of us and here, you once again bring clarity and remind us of how simply it really is… what is asked of us is always, always to love!

  3. Pamela

    Powerful words I needed to hear this morning. Just like Anneke I question how others will look at me. Not because I am young though-because I feel too old. I am trying to find my way after raising four kids and moving from So. CA to Austin, TX (land of aspiring young). After reading this I’m praying for all of you and the power of love you are unleashing on the people of Rwanda.

  4. Jennie,

    Thank you for your obedience, your words, your leadership. Praying Ephesians 6:10 over you – “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power”.

  5. Such an inspiring post! I second everything you said about harnessing our power within and using it for good! I absolutely love what you said, “Quit trying to change the world and just start loving it.” Yes! Thanks for your post!

  6. Anneke

    Thank you for this post! I need to hear these words often. I’m worried that people will look down on me or think that I’m not capable of doing something because I’m young. It’s hard to not let the fear of people’s opinions stop me from doing what God wants me to do. I always have to refocus and remember that I’m called to serve and please God, not people.

    • Jennie

      There are so many reasons to run hard when you are young. Love that you are processing this.

  7. Good stuff. I’m petrified of the power I have the authority to harness. Mostly because of the chasm it tends to create in my earthly relationships. So I shrink back. I’m a wife and mama, I think I still homeschool, I know I still work and I am staring down the possibility of going to Nepal for a second time this year… am I selfish to go or disobedient not to and there are what feels like a thousand more opportunities like this… so when I’m not petrified of the power, I’m overwhelmed with choices and where to direct it. I’m a mess…

  8. We are all small, but very mighty. I remind myself regularly that every purchase that I make is my vote for how i want our world to be. I do my best to remain conscious. Otherwise, I end up with things in my cart that are dangerous- to my mind, body or our planet. Your message reminds me that these choices may sometimes seem small, but indeed, they are mighty.

  9. Darcy McKee

    Thank you for all your encouragement! I don’t feel powerfull. I am stuck in a rut. I have depression, add, a bad marriage(my husband is emmitionally abusive) and three kids at home. I am working with a counselor to figure things out. I was once a strong Christian, now I just feel week.

    • Jennie

      Darcy- praying for healing in all ways! Thank you for sharing here and I know many others will read your words and be praying as well for you and your family.


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