It’s your time to stand out
Born in Iowa, Seth Dahl had his first encounter with God in kindergarten when Jesus taught him to tie his shoes during nap time. After hitting rock bottom in his 20s, Seth was ready to end his life. Before he could pull the trigger, he had an encounter with God that changed the course of his life forever. He vowed that if Jesus would change him, he would spend his life trying to keep others from going down the path he went down.
Seth knows rock bottom. He knows what it feels like to be broken and what it feels like to walk through the mess and process of healing. Seth knows what it feels like to be afraid, but to take steps of courage and step out even when it’s scary. That’s why we are really excited Seth will be one of our speakers at Freshwind! It is so helpful and encouraging when we can do life with others who have been there because they inspire us and give us hope to move forward. Just as God has transformed Seth’s life and Seth’s story can impact us, God will use your story of growth to change the world. Check out Seth’s message to us here:
One of Seth’s latest projects is his Disconnected Dad Podcast. While listening to his journey of disconnecting from the internet at home for 30 days, he quoted Marianne Williamson’s famous words:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
A lot of us are afraid to stand out. We don’t want to be seen as too prideful or attention seeking, yet at the same time, we live in a culture that thrives on being seen. How many of us measure our worth by how many ‘likes’ we get on Facebook and Instagram?
Sure, there’s fear of being inadequate too. Honestly, as I put this article together to introduce Seth to all of you, in the back of my mind I’ve had thoughts of not being good enough or not being up to the task. ‘I’m just an intern, who has never written in a real public forum before; what qualifications or business do I have here?’
But as Seth reminds us in his video above, courage to stand out does not mean we don’t ever deal with fear. Courage means we do the intimidating things, despite the fear, to get to the destinies God has for us. As we step out, we embrace our identities and we become more comfortable being ourselves. The more we continue to understand that we have the ability to do amazing things and glorify God in those things, fear loses its grip on our lives.
How many of us measure our worth by how many ‘likes’ we get on Facebook and Instagram?
What are you afraid of? Do you need to be scared? My challenge to both you and me is to ask God this:
“Lord, what is Your truth in this situation?”
I think we’ll find that He will reveal new perspective, give us peace and show us amazing qualities about ourselves that we often fail to see. I think He will show us how to shine, how to stand and guide us in the direction of our destinies. When we invite Him into our journey, we don’t need to be afraid. We can rely on His strength and courage because He is with us and never plans to leave (Deuteronomy 31:6).
How do we stand out when we're afraid?
Share your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Find someone you trust and be honest with where you're at.
Ask for feedback from someone who loves and values you. They may disagree with you or point out something you've missed, but they will do it because they love you and you will be better set-up to succeed. Your perspective will be enriched.
Set goals and ask for someone to keep you accountable to complete them.
It’s okay to stand out - you are powerful because God loves you and made you uniquely you for such a time as this. THIS IS YOUR TIME! “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
Seth travels all over the world speaking to a wide range of audiences from children to children’s leaders, public school teachers, pastors, and adults. He is the children's pastor at Bethel Church, Redding.