Meet Lydia Lee, the first “Another Esther” in my new series on people – men, women, children – who step out boldly in their faith for such a time as this.
Eleven year old Iowa-farm-living-and-God-loving Lydia Lee blogs at “Out of the Ordinary” and kindly agreed to answer my questions about her bold walk with Christ. So I pray you welcome her, as our first in the series, “Another Esther.”
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We Are The Esthers: Who has been your biggest influence to your faith journey? What is the best thing he or she has done to you?
Lydia: God is definitely my biggest influence to my faith journey, but aside from him, I would say my family is the biggest. They have always supported my ideas and dreams of things I could do to help others, and therefore help God. They never turn these ideas and dreams down. They brought our family to Haiti in January, and that was when God became REAL to me. My family has always encouraged me during my faith journey. If I ever have doubts or worries, they help me to overcome these things.
WATE: Your blog is called “Out of the Ordinary.” Can you tell those who don’t know what living “out of the ordinary” means? And when did you first know you were living “out of the ordinary?”
Lydia: Living “out of the ordinary” means you are living a life that is.. well, out of the ordinary. You are living a “not-so-average-life”. It means you are living a life for God, following His will for you. He wants us to love the least of these, wherever that may be. I have always wanted to live an Out of the Ordinary life, but I think in early 2010, when an earthquake struck Haiti, I really wanted to do something. One night in Haiti, my mom and I were sitting on a step at the house, throwing stones into the ocean, and I said to her, “I don’t want to live an average life.” And that was when I decided that I wanted to live an Out of the Ordinary life.
WATE: What has been one of your biggest challenges in living a life for Christ? What have you most enjoyed?
Lydia: Sometimes living a life for Christ is hard because most of my friends haven’t seen what I’ve seen during my trip to Haiti. Some of them aren’t as close to God as I am. Don’t get me wrong; I love my friends, but sometimes they just don’t understand. I love living a life for Christ because I grow closer to him doing it. Because of Jesus, I get the chance to touch other people’s lives. And I believe that living a life for Christ is what we were put on this Earth to do.
WATE: Many adults and even children might say that you are mature beyond your years. Can you speak to that? I feel that has something to do with your own calling for “a time such as this.”
Lydia: Sometimes, my writing makes me sound mature. My mom’s friend Sandy calls me an “old soul.” But I’m still a kid. I shove too many Oreos into my mouth. I fight with my sister over the iPad. Stuff like that. But I know God can use anyone, even a child at “times such as this.” I think it’s amazing that God put me on this earth for a “time such as this” because he knows what I am going to do through him, and he has plans for me. And for you.
WATE: Finally, I know firsthand that many children, teenagers, and even adults, feel intimidated about being bold in their faith, like Esther was, like you are. Are there any words you could give those who yearn to step out in faith and “be an Esther” but are too afraid or intimidated to try?
Lydia: If you feel too intimidated to step out in faith, ask yourself this: What is the worst thing that could happen? I’ve stepped out in my faith by starting a blog that I wasn’t sure about at first. But now I’m really glad I did it. If you do step out in your faith, I guarantee that you won’t regret it!
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It is no coincidence that one of Miss Lydia Lee’s favorite books in the Bible is that of Esther.
Lydia is, as you can see, “Another Esther” boldly stepping out in faith.
We find ourselves called upon by God to shine Christ’s light in the darkest of places. As someone who has followed Lydia’s journey to and from Haiti and watched her heart blossom for Jesus, it is clear that this is no ordinary girl. She is rising up to the call to share the love of Christ.
And I can think of no better person to start out our “Another Esther” series than an 11 year old girl proving that you can never be too young (or too old) to love and serve God boldly and with all of your heart.
I pray you’ve been blessed by Lydia’s sharing and will visit her blog “Out of the Ordinary” (link in title as well as on my sidebar).
Blessings to you this day.
On knees, head low, arms high…
If you walk boldly in your faith and would like to share your story in this series, please feel free to contact me via email at:
* picture of Lydia Lee taken from her guest post on Emily Wierenga’s blog: http://www.emilywierenga.com/2013/03/a-dare-to-love-yourself-11-year-old.html