Hey, friends! Welcome back to my kindness series, featuring the first Kindness Culprit, Holley Gerth.
There’s nothing like a cute new outfit. You know, one that doesn’t require compliments, although it will attract them, because you know you look good. My favorite people of faith are those that just wear Jesus well. They don’t have to talk about all the effort it took to clothe themselves or fish around for conversation and compliments. Regardless, everyone knows exactly where that outfit came from without even looking at the tag- the shop of pure joy and obedience.
Holley Gerth is one of those people. So much so that you wish you could just bottle her up and give her to your friends for encouragement on a bad day. And you can! As a writer for DaySpring and the co-founder of (in) courage, Holley slips pockets of hope in everyday life and is the perfect example of someone who uses her strengths to spread joy.
You see, Holley is a dream igniter. She doesn’t just believe in your dreams, she reaches into your heart and makes visible the ones you didn’t even know you had. I had the pleasure of meeting Holley at She Speaks (P31’s writer and speaker conference) and in the overwhelming weekend of information and excitement overload, she was a constant calm. She didn’t have to shout or recite memorized scripture; she was just open and present.
Her presentation on God-Sized Dreams revealed the secrets behind her graceful impact, and they have really stuck with me since.
1.”Go in the strength you have.” (Judges 6:14) Look at your strengths, your skill set, and the people you’re called to serve. The intersection of these is not only where your biggest calling is, but where you will find your greatest joy. Many people do kind things, but you doing something kind for someone may be the first time they get a glimpse of grace.
2. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life.”( 1 Thessalonians 4:11) This goes against everything our culture has to say, especially in the social media world. Believe it or not, we don’t have to receive enough “likes” to feel worthy. Kindness is done best when you’re not in it for the praise.
3. “There is no better dream than living a life of love.” (Ephesians 5:2) Instead of approaching your day with, “What task am I supposed to complete?” shift your perspective to, “Who am I equipped to love on today?”
What we can learn from Holley: Holley humbles herself to meet someone right where they are, but she doesn’t stay there with them. She reaches out a hand to brighten their day and actively pushes them towards something greater. Holley encourages others to reach for their God-sized dreams to glorify the Dream Giver. This is truly her strength, and shows that her gift is actually helping others to find their own gift.
For more on Holley, read her books You’re Already Amazing and You’re Made For A God-Sized Dream. For encouragement straight to your inbox, subscribe to her blog “Heart to Heart with Holley.”