Imperfect Purpose Series- How Content Strategist & Manager for Online Entrepreneurs of Faith Embraces Imperfections
with Kaylan Thompson
As I began to pray about this ministry a long time ago, I felt an overwhelming feeling about the layers that our imperfect purpose encompasses. Equipping women to stand in His calling and purpose that He has created in our lives is no simple matter, yet we have Him at the foundation for it all. He is who and what gets glorified, and because of His grace, we have an abundant life as we live daily in Him.
Digging deep with Christ opens this pathway of understanding the faithfulness He has in our lives. The beauty of what came as I prayed through all of this is that there are so many different perspectives and stories that He has created for all of us-- This idea that each of us living abundantly in Him, embracing our imperfections, shows us purpose on top of purpose. Really so much of Him, and where He is at work, and the different places we can experience this. So I thought it would be fun to kick things off with a series, that has so many layers and imperfections-- because I want to dig deep in Christ, with you. I will be sharing some dear friends of mine with you, ladies who are on the journey with you and me, learning to embrace their imperfect purpose for His abundant life He calls us to live.
I pray that this series will further plant your feet in Him, and move His mission of your imperfect purposes in your life so that you can fully experience Christ in any moment of your life. Let us glorify His kingdom. Amen.
TELL US ABOUT YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS/MINISTRY.
I’m Kaylan, a Content Strategist & Manager for online entrepreneurs of faith. I help women get back to doing what they love in their business by helping them create a plan for their content, reach the right audience, serve the right audience, and use content as a ladder to reach their business goals!
WHAT DOES IMPERFECT PURPOSE MEAN TO YOU?
To me, imperfect purpose means finding the beauty and mission in all of life’s messes. It means drawing closer to God and what He has called you, uniquely, to do and filtering out all the other noises of life.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOU EMBRACE YOUR IMPERFECT PURPOSE?
I embrace my own imperfect purpose in so many ways! In my business, I embrace it by giving myself grace when I make mistakes, or create launches that flop, or see content engaging poorly. I say, “Okay, that was imperfect, I made mistakes and didn’t provide the right message and service, but what can I learn in that?” I ask myself what I can learn about my audience, what I can learn about what they need from me, and - most importantly - what I can learn about my business and ministry in the gap between where I wanted to aim and where I hit. Because I believe in that gap there’s a message that God uses to help us hone our own services for our community!
WHAT DOES LIVING ABUNDANTLY IN HIS GRACE MEAN TO YOU, AND HOW MIGHT YOU BE DOING THIS?
I’ve learned to absolutely embrace those hard truths, to not be afraid of them. For so long, I didn’t pursue anything in my business because I was afraid of what my mistakes would tell me. If you look at them the wrong way, all you see are the ways you don’t measure up. But, if you view them as messages from the Lord, guiding you toward your purpose, they drive you more than anything!
HOW ARE YOU SEEKING HIS TRUTH-SHARE ANY WAS YOU FEEL CONNECTED TO THAT TRUTH, OR WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FOR YOU TO SEEK HIS TRUTH DAILY?
I’m working to actively seek His truth in my own life each day - I know that creating that routine is not only essential for my life, but for my business, too. For business women, though, it’s imperative that we build our businesses on a foundation of faith. Some practical ways to do this is praying before everything - before writing that blog, before hitting that publish button, before sending that email, before getting on that call with a client. Your business will be built on beautiful, holy and sturdy ground that doesn’t shift if you build it intentionally piece by piece by seeking His truth, guidance and presence in every area.
HOW ARE YOU STANDING IN HIS GLORY?
I stand in His glory by not being afraid to be vocal about my faith, to serve the way He is calling me to. I don’t hide my message and I don’t waver in acknowledging what my business stands for. It’s His ministry, simply using me to help other women to build, grow and serve their communities.
IS THERE A TIME OR CIRCUMSTANCE IN YOUR LIFE THAT THIS APPLIES? "INSTEAD OF ASKING HOW SOMETHING CAN BE MADE PERFECT", ASK YOURSELF, “WHAT IS GOD DOING HERE?" WHAT DOES TAKING BOLD STEPS FORWARD IN YOUR IMPERFECT PURPOSE LOOK LIKE?
In my business, taking bold steps looks like not being afraid to try new things. I mentioned earlier that fear held me back for so long. Then I realized - I’m not serving ANYONE by staying silent, immobile and frozen. But, if I move? If I put myself out there and just did the thing? The worse thing that could happen is that I still didn’t serve anyone. The best thing that could happen, though? If I just served one person. And despite all the mistakes I’ve made and am still making, this ministry has been able to infuse purpose and clarity into the businesses of dozens of women - I never would’ve dreamed of that!
MOVING FROM PERFECTION TO PURPOSE, SWITCHING YOUR INNER DIALOGUE FROM, "IS THIS GOOD ENOUGH?" TO, "IS THIS WHAT GOD IS CALLING ME TO DO?" HOW CAN THIS APPLY IN YOUR LIFE?
Building on that, I’ve learned that God works in our fear of not being good enough. Yeah, we aren’t good enough! But He is! Our fear is nothing but pride quivering in our hearts, afraid of being humiliated when people reject our message. I learned to see that in myself and call it what it is - pride being selfish. I look to God and say, “I know I’m not good enough, but you are. You called me here to work through me, so what is it you want me to do?”
WHAT IS YOUR DEEPEST PASSION FOR THE KINGDOM?
To see women serve their audiences with abandon! To see them serve and minister as well as build profitable and sustainable businesses that allow them to live a life of beauty, purpose and mission!