Every Day Counts: Girls Who Use Their Influence
If, like us, you’ve woken up feeling rather full from all those pancakes and are suddenly thinking (Dad joke) that Lent has really crêped up on you this year… we’re here to give you a sneak preview into the challenges and encouragements lined up for the More Precious community over the next 40 days.
Across Lent 2019, we’re encouraging you to remember that Every Day Counts – so whether you’re giving something up or taking something on, every single day you are walking the planet COUNTS for something. You are here for a purpose, and you have influence!
We’ll also be partnering with the International Justice Mission who are running a make #slavefree normal campaign, giving out regular challenges to get us out of our comfort zones and thinking consciously about the impact of our day-to-day actions on those who are in slavery.
Every article is designed for YOU in your normal everyday routine – and this Lent we’re preparing you to get ready to use your influence. Whether you’re at school, university or in the world of work – every single girl reading has a sphere of influence. So let’s explore how to use it to glorify God.
You might not know that ‘More Precious’ takes its name from the Proverbs 31 woman, who is ‘more precious than jewels’; whose God-fearing character is more valuable than any materials items or earthly status.
If you’re like me, it’s easy to skim this passage and become slightly overwhelmed by ALL that this woman achieves… she gets up early, goes to bed late, and seems to get more done in a day than I do in a week!
But this isn’t a standard to measure ourselves against, but a passage that can inspire us by showing us what it looks like to use our influence and resources for the glory of God. We can learn from the way the Proverbs 31 woman uses each day:
* She is productive and uses her time and energy for the good of others and glory of God: ‘She works with eager hands’ (v13) ‘She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night’ (v18)
* She is conscious and intentional about everything in her hands: ‘She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness’ (v27)
* She shapes her life as an offering to God: ‘A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised, Honour her for all that her hands have done’ (vv30-31)
* And she uses her influence to bring dignity to the most vulnerable in society: ‘She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy’ (vv20-21)
Depending on where we live and spend our days, some of us will be walking regularly alongside people who are physically needy and lack basic resources. The Bible calls us to extend our resources and be girls who ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humbly’ (Micah 6:8) – whether through our day-to-day actions or engaging with social action with our church families and community.
For some of us, it might be that we are surrounded by people who are materially comfortable but have a deep spiritual need. No matter how wealthy, popular or successful someone is – we all have a deep need for the
grace of Jesus. So let’s be sharing God’s love and walking alongside people from ALL areas of society – just like Jesus did.
On a much larger scale, we are all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus,
While Proverbs 31 shows us that we should seek to live justly in our everyday actions, Isaiah 58 is a passage that calls us to seek justice on a larger scale. It outlines our mandate as God’s people:
‘To loose the chains of injustice
And untie the cords of the yoke,
To set the oppressed free
And break every yoke’
The passage doesn’t limit our actions to the small and unseen things, but it actually calls us to be part of breaking unjust systems that exist in our world.
And one of the largest injustices in our world today is that the poor and needy across our nations are being trafficked or forced to work against their will. We might think of slavery as a thing of the past, but a stat that absolutely floors me is that in our world today, there are over 40 million people trapped in slavery.
This can feel totally overwhelming to us, and it feels impossible to know where to start.
But the issue becomes more real and ‘visible’ when we realise that 25 million of those people are in forced labour slavery, many of them making products that we use every single day – like coffee, chocolate and makeup. Something that can feel so far away to our everyday lives suddenly feels quite close to home – and we start to see that our everyday choices can make a large impact.
This Lent, we’re going to be sharing articles that encourage you to step out in faith, to live free of shame, to pass on the baton to our sisters in Christ, and to be courageous. We’ll be sharing resources and practical ways to live our lives fully for the glory of God, just like the Proverbs 31 woman.
And we’re also going to be encouraging each other to take a stand and live #slavefree. I imagine if the Proverbs 31 woman was around today, she would be someone committed to making an impact in the small things – deliberate in the clothes she buys and the choices she makes.
I’m excited to see what we can achieve as a community over the next 40 days, if we channel the intentionality of the Proverbs 31 woman and remind ourselves that our EVERY DAY should count for something bigger.
So let’s get ready to spend Lent extending our hands to the needy of this world, and becoming more like Jesus in our everyday habits, influence and actions.
‘A good woman is hard to find,
She is more precious than diamonds.’
‘She rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started, She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day’
‘She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
Reaches out to help the poor.’
‘Charm can mislead, and beauty soon fades.
But the woman to be admired and praised
Is the woman who lives in the fear of God.’
Excerpts from Proverbs 31
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Lucy founded More Precious in 2013 whilst studying at Durham University, and has had the humbling experience of overseeing its growth ever since. She is passionate about investing into girls and young women, and believes in raising up a generation who will live courageously and fearlessly for the Lord. Day-to-day, Lucy helps to build up and invest in businesses with purpose at the heart, and also advises a number of startup founders. She is married to James, lives in London and attends Holy Trinity Clapham.