When You Don’t Make the Cut…

I am not your typical Preacher’s Wife. Or so they said…

I didn’t make the cut. There were others that could sing, play an instrument, dance, even had a better speaking gift and with stories to tell. I may not have been as smart as some or even as artsy. The only thing I had was raw desire and a dream…

When I was 18, it came time to make a decision about my future. What would I do? Where would I go? Thanks to my parents, impossible wasn’t in my vocabulary. So, would I attend a Christian College, Art School, travel with a ministry team in the US, or intern overseas with missionaries. These were all viable options and I sought the Lord for His direction.

Before I made my decision, I met with a few youth ministers. I wanted guidance and their opinion mattered. One in particular was an Evangelist. The fiery kind. You know, one that sparks hope and faith and courage to be whatever it is that God called you to be.

Standing in the lobby of my church, fumbling, awkwardly, for the right words to say. I said… I want to go into ministry and you’ve made such a huge impact on me. After I graduate high school, can I participate in your year long program and travel with the group of young people you take all over the nation?

He didn’t take much time to respond, other than to ask me a few questions….

Do you sing? No.

Do you play an instrument? No.

Well…….. I know your brother does, so maybe he should travel with us.

In that pivotal moment, it felt like a cold slap in the face. When I looked around at the other young adults that had joined and were seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel, I thought…. no one told me I’d need a piano.

How many times have you felt the cold slap of rejection? Or almost gave up on a dream? The problem with rejection is that it feeds off an illusion. The illusion of what should be or what the right mold is, and if you don’t fit into it, you are left feeling less than. It doesn’t see beyond that. It can’t take into account the unique design God placed inside of you. You’ll never be cookie-cutter, because, let’s face it, no one is.

If you feel rejected today, you didn’t make the cut this time around… don’t give up! Kick rejection in the teeth and face your fear head on. Continue to dream and dream big!!!

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Brynn Leigh Shamp is the Creator & Author of Diary of a Preacher’s Wife. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Destiny Encounters International, a ministry formed in 2009 with her husband, Charlie Shamp. Her blog was designed to tell her story and to inspire others in their own life’s journey. Her articles include topics such as faith, family, marriage, ministry and world travel. When she’s not out canvassing the globe, she resides with her husband and two children (whom she home-educates) in Nashville, TN. Her favorite things include: Books, books and more books; all things Jane Austen; Italian Food; Making her Mother laugh; Journals, Planners & Details…

2 thoughts on “When You Don’t Make the Cut…

  1. Thank you Brynn. This kind of encouragement and ‘real talk’ is what really needs to shared more these days. I could identify so easily with much of what you said and I know if I can, many many more can also. I too am a preacher’s wife but I also am a preacher, teacher,encourager and have come to know how uniquely my Papa God has made me. (Albeit these things didn’t come easily) We all get to show a piece of Him that no one else can. Again, thanks for the encouragement.

  2. You are a warrior Prince (ess) in Gods eyes!! Their loss and your gain because God had somewhere else that you were to be for Him in that point in time for your good and His glory! Go where you are celebrated not tolerated! Love you so much!

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