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Ep 23// How to Leave a Legacy When Your Influence Seems So Little? The CALL of Kingdom Entrepreneurs

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

Hey friend,

- Have you ever felt that burning desire to do something great in your life?

- That yearning to make a difference, to leave an impact, to be a force for good in the world.

- You want influence, but your following is small

- You hold big dreams in your heart, but everything in your life feels little

- You want to leave a legacy...but that word seems so far fetched…and far away

At the end of the day, you just have a deep desire to be used by God!

If you’ve ever listened to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, you probably resonate with this. You wouldn’t be seeking to learn and grow and pursue your greatest potential if you didn’t feel a great CALL on your life?

It’s exciting, it’s overwhelming, and it can feel heavy to carry. It can often leave you feeling defeated too. And you ask yourself HOW?

- How do I make a difference? How do I become an influence? How do I possibly get from where I am now to where my heart wants to be?

- How do I deal, when the only tangible marker of impact seems to be the likes and follows of social media?

-Does what I do even matter? Is it even making a difference?

Join in on today’s conversation as we cover all these questions!

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Full Episode Transcription:

Welcome back to The Nourishing Mompreneur Podcast, where we get encouraged and empowered as we pursue our greatest potential within the walls of our home. Hey Mama, my name is Michelle Hiatt, and I'm so thankful you're here. Do you feel like your life is good, but something in you feels unfulfilled? Do you feel stuck in the trenches of motherhood, exhausted and working so hard, but feeling like you're getting nowhere? Do you have big dreams you hold in your heart, but you've been living small? Are you motivated for more, but don't have the clarity or the courage to do anything about it? Do you want to discover God's best and see if it's really possible to be an excellent wife, an intentional mother, and be successful in business, all for the glory of God? As a wife of 16 years, a homeschooling mom of five, and an entrepreneur, I know exactly how you feel. Every bit of it. I truly believe that the most important work you will ever do is within the walls of your home and that there is purpose in every season. If you are a fellow business-minded mama, with a heart for home and a love for Jesus, let's process this journey and grow together.

Hey, friend, I so wish I was sitting with you in person right now so that we could have a back and forth dialogue to really unpack these questions. All the questions that I just expressed in the introduction here. There is so much that we can talk about and I certainly don't have all the answers but as your friend, I want to share with you some of my journey and the truth and perspective that I am learning and living out right now. So the first thing I want to say is that your heart is good. I have faith and no doubt in my heart that your heart is good. But at the end of the day, we've got to hold on to a heavenly perspective, or we may miss the very purpose and the impact that God has prepared for us in our life. So let's just talk about this for a minute.

Let's talk about how to leave a legacy when your influence seems little. What is our call as Kingdom entrepreneurs, how are we called to do things differently? Well, first we need to acknowledge and talk about the power of small things. Know that the life you hold in your hand might feel small right now. But is that such a bad thing? Is it actually the value your potential or your worth? The answer is absolutely not. I want to remind you of the powerful small things, and how powerful they can be when used with intention.

James 3 says "When we put bits into the mouths of horses, to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or, take ships as an example, although they are so large and are driven by strong winds. They are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body but it makes a great boast."

There are a lot of examples and these are just a few specifically from the Bible, about how small things can be powerful a small bit can turn a whole horse a small little rudder can control the entire direction of a massive ship. Our tongue is a small part of our body but it is powerful in life are in the power of the tongue. There are so many examples that we could talk about, but in this life you start small and you end small. I was thinking about this recently how you know when you're born, you are a helpless little child. You're you brought into the world you're you're naked, you're small, you're helpless, you're completely dependent. And the truth is, is that when you die, it goes back to the same exact place. You leave this world frail and helpless, naked and completely dependent as your life fades away. But in the end, often it's the small things that do matter.

My father in law just recently passed away. And I was reminded about this that his Celebration of Life service, the impact of the small things. He had this service and his wife spoke my mother in law all of his children spoke my husband being one of them. And one of his best friend spoke there was just all these people that spoke and this man left an impact he left a legacy. He had four children, 23 grandkids, I mean, what an impact what a beautiful, beautiful service and so many things that were shared. But it's amazing out of all the things that he did and out of who he was. The things that were shared and that were most remembered at the end of it all were the little things his best friend got up there and talked and he just shared stories and we laughed, we cried. I mean, we remembered and it was the smiles. It was the funny moments. It was the mistakes that were made. It was the looks the different things that make made him special and made him unique. It was the little things that were most savored and remembered at the end of his life. Our life is so small it is so short and we forget that it feels like it takes so long and we're not getting where we want to get but just James 4:14 in the Bible reminds us "So the how do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like a morning fog or a vapor. It's here a little while and it's gone."

I always picture those diffusers I know you crunchy moms will have this picture easily in hand but just the diffuses it's like the steam comes up and it just disappears. Our life is just like that. It's hard for us to comprehend that. But it is the truth. One of the ways that I'm reminded of the power of small are through those devotional books that I love so much called Hero tales. I'll have to leave the link below but I talked all about this. They are awesome devotionals that I highly recommend and encourage you to read to your kids. They talk about men and women of faith Christian men and women heroes really that lived all different time periods all over the world, making a great difference. It talks about character qualities incorporate scripture ask some really thought provoking questions. It's just a beautiful way to learn about other people and the beautiful legacy that they've left in the lives that they've lived and the impact that they've made even today. But when you look at their life, you're like, wow, they lived so far away. They this is way before social media. And I just imagine when I look at these people and I look at their lives and the faithfulness that they had and the things that they did, the sacrifices that they made, how small they must have felt, how discouraged they must have been at times how unnoticed and unappreciated they must have felt. I just think about them in the middle of the jungle in Africa. Nobody saw them. Nobody noticed them. They left their family. Nobody even knew they were there. They were just there working faithfully even one of the stories that we just read, talking about. God bless these Bible translators. I mean, my goodness, years and years, I'm talking 8-10 years of tedious Bible translation into these brand new unknown languages. That so many times it's like, it's lost. It takes so much time they're doing these things are working in secret they're working in privacy, they're unnoticed or unseen. It's like does this even matter? But it did.

In fact, one of the stories that we just read, it was this man, and he was translating the Bible. I think he worked about eight years on this Bible translation. Through a miscommunication and turmoil in the country got taken a prison. He spent I don't know how many years in prison tortured. I mean, they call it a death camp. It was a death prison. It was horrible. Tortured every day. His wife visited him. I mean, just talk about a horrible horrific time. Somehow she was able to sneak in his Bible transcripts so that he was able to continue translating while he was in prison. Well, one day she showed up there and he was gone. They had taken him and she had no idea where he left and where they had moved him to. And he left empty handed. They wouldn't let him take anything with him. And the Bible that he had been translating all this time was gone. It was in the dumpster and been thrown away. And he was just devastated. It seemed like all with loss. Well, through a miracle of event he ended up years later getting taken out of prison released and ended up they found his Bible translations in the dumpster like it was just a miracle. But the point is is like Man How did he feel how small he must have felt when he's over there? Unseen and unnoticed, just working faithfully. Nobody was paying any attention patiently pouring out his life.

Sometimes the holiest work, often the littlest work. Sometimes the dirty work is often the greatest way we impact the world, about how Jesus washed the disciples feet and how he called us to do the same. You don't have to go into the mission field or be quote in ministry to make a difference. God sees things differently. Your work, anything that you put your hands to, it becomes sacred and significant when you connect purpose with the work of your hands. The work it doesn't even have to be considered spiritual to make a difference. You know, I grew up my father worked for crew. It's a Christian organization. So he was basically considered a missionary. So I grew up with my father in ministry, as a missionary my whole life went to a Christian school my whole life, church, Sunday school, Bible studies, youth group mission trips as I got older, I mean, the full Christian experience, that was my world. And I always had a heart for God and I thought that I would be in some kind of ministry one day. I remember being on my knees as probably five or six years old. I remember being in the back of my parents, big old van, and there were some worship music playing I just remember being on my knees before God and my heart and my desire I had this cry this burning I'm like, God, just use me use my life. Some of you need to go back to that place. You need to remember the place when you were young and God called you. You need to remember that because I believe God is calling us back he is calling us back as his daughters of the kingdom to have that desire to be used by him again, to remember the call that he's placed on our lives.

Well, naturally growing up, it just thought that serving God would look like me being in ministry of some kind, some kind of official mission work, if you will. So then I had my first boyfriend. And I wasn't playing games. I was serious. I was intentional. I was thinking towards marriage. And he worked for his brother's company doing home remodels. So at first, I didn't really take him all that serious because and I literally told him like, I don't want to marry a quote, construction worker. That wasn't what I wanted. I wanted somebody that was going to do missionary work because that was God's work in my mind.

Well, it wasn't until one day I'll never forget after youth group we were actually sitting my little car it was raining and held my hand and he just shared with me his heart for God. And in that moment, I just fell in love with him. Well, that man is now my husband today. And so now we've been married 16 years over 16 years. We went to Christian college for a little time we did youth ministry first season but overall we have not served in the church or done ministry as you would consider it to be official ministry. But the thing is, is that God still uses us. Even just a week ago, I was at the beach walking with my husband and before I know what I look over and my husband's over there praying for