By Stephanie Nicole
I grew up in a tiny farming town southeast of Winnipeg, where we spent the winters skating at the outdoor rink and toboganning down the biggest hill in town, and the summers soaking in the sun and sitting around a bonfire late into the night.
I am made of soil, song, and city lights. I am a wife, a mom to four littles and a woman who loves Jesus. I am a storyteller. I tell stories through the written word, through music and through the radio airwaves.
I’m driven by my creativity, with this unrelenting need to let it out.
Maybe that’s why we do what we do. As creative women, we long to share what’s in our hearts with whoever will listen. And because those opportunities are scarce, we tend to compete with each other for a spot on the stage.
The temptation to isolate ourselves is strong. We go it alone, and boy is it lonely. The comparison game begins, and before long we’ve gotten discouraged and forgotten what we were doing in the first place.
I read a blog post the other day by a really great writer. It hit in all the right places and it was pretty amazing to be the reader. I instantly felt that feeling in the pit of my stomach. Well, I should just give up writing right now because I’ll never write one thing as powerful as that, I thought. I wanted to crumple up my blog and throw it in the corner. The entire thing.
My husband, thank the Lord for that guy, said to me, “There’s your next blog post.”
Here’s the thing I am learning: her success does not eliminate the need for my gift.
Just because she is already doing the same thing as me, it doesn’t mean I should stop doing what I am doing. There is room at the table for everyone. And when we all come to the table, it’s pretty amazing to see what each person has brought.
If you feel like an outsider, you belong.
If you feel like you are not good enough, you belong.
If you feel like giving up, you belong.
If you feel like you were made to share your gift, you belong.
We are here, together, to build each other up and cheer each other on.
Welcome to the table. What did you bring today?
Stephanie Nicole is a radio personality, blogger and worship leader.
You can catch up with her at withstephanienicole.com.