Shoot like a Girl | World-Changer

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I sat at the coffee shop, across the table from a beautiful fiery-souled woman who had just adopted a child from a troubled foreign land and was ready to find a cause to pour her soul into. “I feel God’s calling me to do something more – something big, and I’m meeting with people who are changing the world. Tell me about what you do – I know you travel all over and do things for orphans. We’re alike. We want to change the world.”

I looked at her and smiled. “I love your passion, and I hope you find the thing that you just can’t not do – your real purpose in this life. I have to be honest, though.

“I am not a world-changer.”

“Don’t say that about yourself,” she responded. “Have faith.”

“But I really can’t change this world.”

I remember when I thought I could, when all I thought it would take is a little brainpower and elbow grease to right all the wrongs. There was always an answer to everything.

Until there wasn’t.

Because for every fix, there was another break. And another. And another.

And in my heart things became far less about finding solutions and far more about making things known and telling the stories of both those who are less-than and those who are doing the real work to care for them. I decided to fight for people rather than fight for a cause.

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And I learned to pray. Because battles are raging. People are dying. Souls are darkened with the bleeding ink of the enemy’s words scrawled on their foreheads: condemned and shameful. And every damned layer of despair removed reveals more despair, and things grow less hopeful. And yet, there it is. Hope. Right there in the midst of the most painful pain – of the pain that’s not about class or color or creed but really about us hating who we are at our very core and us not believing what Abba Father says about who we are truly created to be. Warriors are being call deeper into the battle. Lives are on the line. We’ve only one solid Hope – all else is risk. And this is a risk worth taking.

I am holding onto – and holding out – that Hope. And I am growing braver in the battle.

I am not a world-changer. But I can stand. And I can fight.

And I want you there with me.

Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. ~Augustine

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Shoot like a Girl began as part of the #31days project. You can learn more about the “why” of my story and see all my daily posts here. I’d love to stay in touch with you – be sure to subscribe to my blog and visit my writer’s page to get updates on stories and special projects, including a collaborative that will publish this spring and a book about women who are fighting for change and beauty. Thank you for your encouragement!

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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  1. Hope, indeed. And hopefully this goes without saying, but while you/I/we might not change this World in a global sense, while we might sometimes be a single voice in the wildness, a single cry in the wind…you are changing the world, R2. You love, you encourage, you bless and you change the lives of those you touch. Surely you know the indelible mark that you’ve made on the lives of those you’ve loved? And while this temporal fallen world will remain fallen in a global sense in spite of your or my best efforts, it’s that Eternal Hope that we share in response to our calling that matters. I can’t begin to imagine the scores..hundreds…thousands of people throughout the world that have tasted and embraced that Hope because of your willingness to share. Remember that
    “Thank you, for giving to the Lord..” song? That’s the image that comes to mind right now. You’ll never truly know the blessing that you’ve brought to this world. But I for one (among the multitude) can testify to it. So maybe we use the term “World Changer” a little too freely. Maybe we should start with “Life Changer”. And that’s you. And through each life, you really do change the world. Blessings to you….

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