I'm so pumped to introduce y'all to Courtney Wilson this week!
Courtney is a millennial writer with a passion for leading leaders, developing dreams in this generation, and helping others live out their God-given purpose. She has a heart for the millennial generation to help them discover their purpose and become all who God created them to be. She accomplishes this through her podcast, The Trailblazer Talks, where she has conversations with others who are blazing their God-given trails right where they are and talking through topics to help people grow in their character and giftings. She is also the founder of The Trailblazer Journals, an online community dedicated to developing God-dreams and equipping people with resources to create healthy habits, overcome the things holding them back, develop leadership skills and inspire intentional living.
She grew up in Cincinnati, OH and Gulf Shores, AL and graduated from the University of Alabama. She loves spending time with friends and family and traveling to make new memories. You can connect with Courtney on Instagram here.
What do you feel your mission is right now, Courtney?
I feel that my calling is to help others know who they are in Christ and know the purpose God has for them by helping them overcome lies that may hold them back and empowering them to live intentionally. I'm an author, podcaster and marketing professional where I get to help others daily feel inspired and be encouraged in their lives. I love being part of my local church and getting the opportunity to share Jesus online.
I can't wait for you to share your story of belief with us. Let's go!
I remember a time where I was struggling in my relationship with God. I had been a believer for about 6 years at the time and suddenly my world came crashing down around me. I remember feeling so lost and confused because everything I thought I knew about God was suddenly shakey. I had been believing a lot of cultural things about my faith and God that weren't actually biblical. It really rocked me at the time and I had to choose to keep believe that God was who he says he is and he never changes.
I also had to remember that humans don't get to dictate who God is and I couldn't let the brokenness of humanity cause me to doubt my faith. So I sought counsel from trusted leaders and I continued to get into God's word for myself. It was a long hard journey and I felt often like I was failing as a Christian. But God continued to remind me that just because I had doubts and questions, didn't mean I was a bad christian. In fact, he reminded me that I could draw closer to him through my questions and seek him for the answers.
I found comfort in this scripture during that time because it reminded me that all throughout history people have walked through similar things. It was 1 Corinthians 1:1-16 where the church is being addressed over division and beliefs. I found comfort that Paul said in verse 12-15,
"What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name."
This gave me comfort knowing that in the past people felt confused by man as they walked with God and didn't understand the division among believers but God was gracious enough to address it to unify them in his name. We can use discernment and still look to pastors and other christian leaders to guide us but it's so important that we truly know God's Word and what the Bible says so that the Holy Spirit can help us discern in community with other believers. So whether you find yourself in the same place I was a couple years ago or you have different doubts, God wants you to come to him with it all. You can find peace, comfort and truth in His Word. Keep your head up!