I love the word champion. It has two definitions according to the dictionary.
- a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition
- a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else
Most of the time, the first definition is the one we use. But here, we’re having a conversation among champions – women who fight on behalf of others.
Their stories are inspiring, because if you listen to how their lives began, each of them could have said “it’s hard enough fighting on behalf of my own life.”
And they would have been totally justified in that! But for each of these wonderful women, the pain of their own story sparked them to act. Anu decided to be the person who showed up for others, when no one had shown up for her. Meghan decided to use the skills God gave her to protect and care for people in her own neighborhood.
Becoming a Champion
These stories are inspiring, but to think about doing something like that ourselves can feel overwhelming. Many of us don’t even know where to start or what to get involved with. Sometimes we feel limited, whether by our busy schedules, taking care of a family, working. Sometimes we don’t act because we feel like we don’t have anything to offer.
That’s why I think it’s so cool that Melinda is using her own passions and skills and what she’s built in See Hear Love to partner with other organizations. Organizations that are changing the lives of women and girls internationally.
She shows how it doesn’t have to be something big or difficult (although Dressember looks like it’s going to be challenging). Sometimes it just means finding other women who you can cheer for and support. Sometimes it means connecting with another woman in a way that would make her life better.
And if you’re in a place where you feel like you need a champion, that you need someone to speak on your behalf, find places and people that you can reach out to. Often, local churches can connect you with organizations that can help. But I know that for many, the reason why they have chosen to be someone’s champion is that they were championed by Jesus, who advocates for each of us.