Defining moment is a point in your life when you experience something that fundamentally changes you.
We all have defining moments that if we trace back we can see where God planted a seed that He would water over time to be who He has created us to be.
My moment was when I was 7 years old standing outside of Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines. There were kids my age in the brown water below shouting at us to throw coins. I remember asking my mom for some change and giving it to them.
Being from a military family, I lived in Thailand and the Philippines and saw poverty 1st hand. I was born with opportunity where being a girl didn’t mean not receiving an education. I earned a BSBA in finance from the University of Florida.
Fast forward 30 years and the memory of being that little girl was still fresh. What separated me from the kids I was throwing money to was where God placed me.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and for the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be asked. Luke 12:48.
I knew that I was supposed to use my gifts to advocate for the poor, for those kids in the brown water. The Marketplace wasn’t created because it’s been my lifelong dream to open a store. It was created to empower artisans around the world and change lives.
Are you living the life that God created you for? If not, let 2023 be the year you discover your true purpose.