Impress or Impact?

It is said you need to know where you’ve been before you can know where you are going. Reflecting 2015 will help give you resolution for 2016. 

When I reflect on the “Moving On After Moving In” class I hosted this fall, my hope in the beginning was that it would be impressive. So many people are moving to the area, I expected a large enrollment. I really wanted to help movers know God better and depend on Him in their move. But a desire to be impressive for God became an idol that was competing for importance over impacting people for God. God doesn’t need me to be impressive, He is impressive. He asks us to impact the world not impress it. 

On that first class morning, I sat expectantly, prayed over and prepared. God sent 1 person. I actually wondered what I did wrong. I turned over my disappointment to God because in Isaiah 49:23 he promises “those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” I realized what I did wrong was to put my hope in being impressive, not in God.

I refocused my prayers and heart towards impacting whoever showed up. As new women came God built a community that leaned Him, on the book, and each other. I became more and more impressed with God and how he was weaving each woman’s story for their good and his glory.

The picture for this blog post is a windmill panel that is signed by each woman that attended the first “Moving On After Moving In” class in the Prosper, TX area. Each name represents a life that impacted me. Through that class I learned way more than I taught. I was impressed way more than I was impressive. I learned to care more about impacting people than impressing people.


Published by Jesse Prentiss

9 Moves through 5 states in 20 years. Unpacking what God is teaching me about how HOME is not where you live but what lives with in.

3 thoughts on “Impress or Impact?

  1. Thanks for posting this, Jesse. I love hearing about your faith in God and trusting Him for who attends your Moving On group. I’m so grateful that you’re reaching out to uprooted women in your area and pointing them to Jesus! Keep writing and keep lovin’ on others!


  2. Dear Jesse, your humble, revealing words speak of a Grand God. When we are most humble, our God is seen greatly and more clearly. Precious servant of the Most High God, your impact for Him is expansive and beautiful! Thank you for using your spiritual wisdom combined with your gift of writing. Thank you for impacting me!


  3. Love this. A good reminder for me too. Thanks for you honesty and transparency – it is impressive! (And impactful.)


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