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U R All for the One (how working for an audience of One is worth it)

I lay my head to pillow, eyes red from screen daze.  Maybe I looked too long, at each word, each image, each line.  When the blog engine said the post had been “edited” 38 times, I thought, maybe so.

Can’t sleep till I read the Word.  Open to my next reading, Luke 1.  Three sentences in, He breathes life into my work — that work you wonder is anyone ever going to appreciate?  Is anyone ever going to see?  Will it affect souls?  Or am I just pining away in my office creating a landscape few will walk on?

There it is in Luke 1:3:  “It seemed good to me also … to write.”  Luke is saying, hey, lots of people have undertaken the job of compiling a narrative.  Many have written, he says.  But it seemed good to him also to write about the life of Jesus so that one guy (Theophilus) would have certainty about God.

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WAIT!  Did he just say he wrote the whole story of Jesus’s life for One man?  Theo?  Yep. For One.

Should we blog for One?  Write a book for One?  Speak to thousands in hopes One walks away certain of the gospel?  Should I or you spend night after night and day after day pouring, teaching, inspiring, encouraging One girl (the one who lives four steps down the hall, one step left)?  One Girl?

From a worldly view, that seems crazy.  From a kingdom view, the answer is Yes, yes, yes, and it makes perfect sense.  Luke wrote the book for One, and through the purity of that heart, millions have read the Book of Luke.  Even more have been changed through the heart that intended to make One soul certain.

I was One girl.  And now I’ve got One, and pouring it all out for her seems the very best thing on the earth I can do.

Have you thought about this lately:  God paints the sunrise over a field whether we see it or not?  He creates woods to walk in whether we are going to appreciate them or not.

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He casts out hills and meadows that He knows full well only a few will embrace.  He creates the perfect wave for One to ride.  A creepy crawly thing to poke it’s head out of a mound of sand, for One little girl to squeal in delight.

One Son.  One God.  One Gospel.  One Church.  One Nation.  One Soul.  If He is all about the One, so can we be.

Who’s the One you are writing for today?  Working for?  Speaking for?  Who is that One you can reach with your voice, your touch, your faith, your hope?

Even Jesus looked through crowds for One woman.  Stood up for One who felt ashamed.  Called One who was sick in the mind, touched One born blind.  So I’ll go ahead and live and move through my days for the One.

All for the One.  If He did it, and we are made in His image, so can we.

Touch One today, and be satisfied.
Love,

 

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About the Author: Jennifer

Jennifer Strickland is a wife, mom, TEDx speaker, and former professional model. She is the author of Girl Perfect, More Beautiful Than You Know, and Beautiful Lies, among other books and Bible studies that teach women their worth in God’s eyes. Since leaving the modeling industry, she founded URMore.org, a non-profit ministry that provides resources to hurting women and girls. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA

“The ‘P’ word [perfection] may be the heaviest burden women bear. All the misguided things we do to attain it can keep us away from what we need most – the unconditional love of God the Father. The Girl Perfect Study Guide gives you a map to the wholeness you were created for.”

Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg, author and former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church

“The Girl Perfect Study Guide shatters the lies girls and women believe and points to the ultimate truth, which really does set us free. I am confident that this study will help thousands discover a beauty, purpose, and worth that truly lasts. Thank you Jen for exposing the ‘perfect life’ and inviting girls to experience God’s ‘perfect love.'”

Allie Marie Smith

Allie Marie Smith, Founder of Wonderfully Made

One of the best testaments to what Jennifer is doing for the young girls and women of today is a comment from my eleven-year-old granddaughter: “Grammy, I want to read this book and hear her again. She’s good and I learned a lot.” This is exactly what I experienced from a grown-up perspective when I was introduced to Jennifer Strickland’s amazing story. Read it and see if you don’t get the real story from an icon model and a powerful speaker of truth.”

Thelma Wells

Thelma Wells, D.D. (Hon), President of Woman of God Ministries
As a teacher, participator, and observer of public speaking for most of my life, I’ve come to realize that many speakers make one of two mistakes when interacting with their audience (especially when that audience is mainly teenagers.) They either expect their audience to climb up to their level (which feels unattainable to the crowd) or they step down to the level of their listeners (which feels cheap and pandering.) The best speakers meet their audience where they are and lead them up to where they want them to be. This feels genuine. This is what Jennifer did over the last few days at our school.
Jennifer Strickland is a funny, engaging, dynamic speaker. She shares truth with authority and credibility that comes from both experience (her story is powerful) and an obvious depth of study in the Bible. The ideas she presents about Value, Identity, and Purpose are truths everyone needs to hear.
I heartily recommend her for your conference, school retreat, or any event where you want your people to be encouraged and challenged with deep, impacting truth.

Andrew Doan

Andrew Doan, Concord Christian Academy, Concord, NH
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