Am I “good enough”?
Who AM I as a woman? And why is this so important to know?
Is my worth found just in the curves of my feminine body, or in how I look? Is it primarily found in my work and in my career? Or in the things that I DO for other people? Or, is it …could it be….something else?
Coming to know who we truly are as woman points us toward attaining true, abiding joy that enables us to go out and engage the world as women within the context of the life-giving beauty with which we were created – with “Whose we are” as women.
Leah Darrow and I had a fantastic conversation about this topic! As a former America’s Top Model contestant with a very successful professional modeling career in New York City, she lived her life according modern cultural ideas about femininity. By those standards, Leah was quite accomplished and successful.
That “success”, however, came with a deep price. Her time in professional modeling, separation from her family, and living a fast-lane lifestyle “Cosmo girl” lifestyle wounded her deeply. The human person,”Leah”, became lost as to her innate value and dignity as a person.
In utter brokenness, Leah discovered who she truly is – and “whose” she is. She has had a tremendous re-conversion back to God in Whose image she – and every woman – is made as Beauty and as His beloved daughters. Through choices she made, Leah suffered great consequences by allowing herself unknowingly to be reduced as a person to merely her body parts that could never be perfect enough. She admits to being incredibly lost, but through a moment of openness to Christ’s mercy, this prodigal daughter eventually found her way back. She is now so grateful for every day that she awakes to have another opportunity to “get it right”, and live in accordance with her true identity. She tells this story in great detail around the country and the world in her work. More can be found about her journey on her blog HERE.
Today on the podcast, Leah shares intimately and passionately to help each one of us understand how damaging it was to her person to live out radical feminist ideals, and how she has been, is being, and hopes to be, freed to serve so beautifully in her apostolate and new mission work with Haiti 180 in her vocation as a woman engaging the world.
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