I just love Téja. It’s one thing to see someone on stage rocking in their element, but it’s another thing to see them after the lights are off, their instruments are put away and they walk off the stage. What remains is the true essence of them and the essence of Téja shines through in our conversation. What a joy this conversation was. I probably sounded a little giddy. One reason is because I admire that she is shining bright in a field that is not full of women. To see people living their dreams and walking in faith is my happy place. So it was a joyous time to chat with her.
I hope you listen to this episode and glean some great nuggets from it. As I edited it, certain things stood out to me and I just want to share. If you have not listened yet, you should stop now, listen and come back…or you can just keep reading :0)
Shine where you are…
One thing I found awesome was that whether Téja’s gig had her performing before 5 or 50,000, she gave it the same level of respect. She counted it as an honor and a privilege to play and gave it her all every time she hit the stage. God honored that faithfulness by giving her tremendous opportunities that came as a result of being faithful over the few, the small and the ignored. You never know who is watching, so always give it your all. This applies to us all. Whether you are on a stage, in a cubicle, serving the homeless, writing a script – whatever you do, do it with your all.
Another thing I gleaned from Téja is her confidence in the fact that God gave her the gifts. Not confidence in the gifts or herself – but the very fact that God gave them. There is a poise and sureness that comes when you know the gifts you are excelling in are from God. That He gave them, He maintains them and sustains them and entrusts them to you to be used for His glory. You can hear throughout the conversation that this knowledge graces her, carries her and allows her to humbly shine in these gifts from God.
We also talked about what success looks like. You’ll hear me often ask this question of guests. Success means different things to different people, but the answers, as varied as I get, all make sense to me. You have to establish what it means personally to you. That way you can know what it is, how to attain it, how to know when you’ve achieved it and how not to be swayed by what it means to the world. I loved her answer – “completing what God has given you to do.” Indeed!
This truth always blesses me and it came out through our conversation. Our job is obedience, the results belongs to God. What a peace I get from that. I hope it resonates with you as well. Just do what you’re led or called to do…the results are not on you…but the obedience is.
I know Téja’s journey is not an easy one, but it is a purposed one. I find it so beautiful that she lives a life with a gift submitted to God that takes her to the nations…wow.
Faith is a walk. This is the last nugget for this episode. It’s simple, but read it again. Faith is a walk. Not a sprint, a jog, nor a seat. But a walk. A constant movement. Action. We don’t always know where it leads us, but faith says keep going. Faith is a walk and I pray we all get up everyday and keep walking out this beautiful life journey in faith.