About a year ago, I was a speaker on the Girls of Grace tour, talking with thousands of teens each weekend about the power of words. One morning, back at my Nashville home, I was getting ready and just thinking/praying through all that was going on at our events. And I saw this sentence run across my mind like a news ticker in Times Square.
What if we killed the mean girl?
I immediately began to argue with that news ticker.
It’s not possible.
There’s a movie about her.
We all know her.
But then I felt like it was less of a random question and more of an invitation.
God was inviting me to step into what He was already doing – rescuing teen girls from the words of others and calling them into something new.
A few months later, the idea of Speak Love was born and as I began to write the book, I realized this was more than an invitation – it was an opportunity to have a front row seat to the show of our lifetime.
The mean girl is going to be a memory. I know, I know, it seems impossible. I get that. In moments, I think it feels that way too.
But then I remember that oceans part when G0d says and dead people breathe again when Jesus speaks and I remember that nothing is impossible to God and He’s the one doing this anyways.
And I’m excited to be a part of what God is doing in the next generation. What an honor we have as adults to help lead this army of young women who are ready to use their words to speak life. God is calling us to teach the younger women a different way to use their words. He’s inviting us to be a part of a massive culture shift where unkind words won’t be welcome and speaking love, deserved or not, will be the norm.
(I think that’s why this post about Miley Cyrus exploded on my blog – because people are tired of the pressure to be unkind and are looking for Christians to say the different thing.)
Speak Love is a manual to walk young women through this new way of using words in how they talk to God, to others, and to themselves.
And so, it’s with much excitement, a little fear and trembling, and total awe that our God invites us into His work, that I say goodbye to the mean girl.
I hope you will, too.