Mia K. Wright | Do the Unthinkable
Feeling strong in certain areas in your life and mediocre in another is usual. You may be exceeding in your social life, meeting new people and creating lasting friendships while you might be struggling in your career. You’re not alone. In fact, Mia K. Wright is here to help assist you in creating some positive changes. Wright wrote Unthinkable, to inspire you to push past your normal boundaries and experience the many blessings God has provided for you. Wright will challenge you to break out of your comfort zone and trust in God alone. Hope for Women: What was one of the biggest obstacles you overcame to get where you are today?
Mia K. Wright: Overcoming personal devaluation and building a healthy self-esteem is one of the biggest obstacles to conquer for anyone who has felt insignificant or “not good enough.” In order to achieve a life of satisfaction and advancement, those questions and doubts of “am I good enough” must be uprooted and faced head on with what God’s word says.
Growing up, I received positive and consistent encouragement from home, which was important for me to believe in myself. While I didn't lack affirmation from home, it was external sources, mainly peer-to-peer interactions, which made me feel that I didn't belong or that I wasn’t good enough. It took years of searching myself to believe enough in the God in me. Eventually my belief would drown out the negative words and feelings that I experienced. I was good enough. As I began to affirm those words based upon my relationship and growth with God, I finally felt free enough to embrace the life He gave.
HOPE: What’s the biggest piece of advice that you have for young women?
MKW: Trust the process. I know that women, young and not so young, question God about where they are, what they have done and how do they move forward. Sometimes our younger sisters are anxious about the future, just as I was. I had a two, five, and ten-year plan mapped out for my life, but it didn't work like that! God doesn’t fit His plan into ours. To the contrary, He molds our plan into His! Whether it happens by choice or by force, God’s plan is what prevails! (Proverbs 19:21).
I often tell younger women that God will not waste His resources – precious resources are time and money. God won’t waste that in our lives! He carefully re-purposes our desires, actions, and experiences to work out for our good! (Romans 8:28) In essence, “trusting the process,” reminds us that God is in ultimate control of our lives. We don’t have to be so rigid about life, we can live and enjoy, as God wants us to. We shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. He will help us in bad times and encourage us in good times. In the end, we will raise our voice of testimony in all of the times.
HOPE: What was the driving force behind writing Unthinkable?
MKW: For years people have asked me when I was going to write a book about my journey. I didn't necessarily want to share just my journey, but I wanted to inspire others in their journey. I looked back upon studies that I had taught, sermons that I had delivered, and I started thinking about how those biblical personalities changed their lives and changed their world. It was mainly the woman with the issue of blood spoken about in Mark 5:27-28 NIV that says, “When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’” It was unusual, uncommon, and beyond the boundaries. The word UNTHINKBLE came to mind. It was the beginning of a message that God could do the same for all people!
HOPE: What are you hoping for readers to gain from reading Unthinkable?
MKW: I hope that readers of Unthinkable will begin to question their own lives and discover where they have settled. It is interesting how you can be excellent in one area of life, and mediocre in another. I felt that way working in corporate, my business model was outstanding, but in my spiritual life, I was settling for getting the word on Sunday only, reading my Bible whenever, and not really growing. Professionally, I was making moves, climbing the ladder, but spiritually, I was stagnant. That’s just one example, but I know there are other areas of life that people need to re-evaluate to ask God, what can they do to be outstanding? In that case, when you read Unthinkable, readers will be challenged to be introspective of their lives, and to say to themselves, I WANT TO BE GREAT! Then they will make necessary life adjustments in order to do just that!
HOPE: Unthinkable is going to challenge readers to get out of their comfort zone, how do you find yourself stepping out of your comfort zone? How do you continue when you find yourself getting uncomfortable?
MKW: One of the most significant steps that I took in stepping out of my comfort zone to trust God was leaving my corporate, well-paying position to serve as a volunteer for my church. I had no idea what or how God was going to use me, but I knew that a major shift was about to happen in my life. I had to trust God in a time that my finances were not solid, and I did not know how things would balance. In most areas of my life, I’ve had mountain-moving faith, but for finances, I always had a back-up plan. This time, there was no back up plan, there was just God! I was well beyond what was comfortable and in the area that was fearful. I kept speaking God’s word over my finances, God did not give me a spirit of fear, but power, love and a SOUND MIND (2 Tim. 1:7). God you would supply all my need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). In every case, God met all of our need. Each month, paying the bills would bring a sense of angst for me, but God! We didn't miss a payment on any bill and God made me a much better steward over my finances.
I have also been preaching the gospel for 20 years. I was called in a time that not a lot of women in our area were being called or used to preach. In fact, there were and still are a number of people who question if God can use a woman in this manner. I have never wavered from His call, even though I was treading into uncertain and uncomfortable territory. In both cases, learning to trust God took another level of revelation. That only came from studying the Word to understand more of God.
HOPE: What is the most rewarding part about your career?
MKW: I can honestly say that the most rewarding part is hearing the testimony of someone who made a significant life change based upon something that God used me to do, share or say! That affirmation is what keeps me encouraged and blessed to keep going forward.
HOPE: What have you learned most about yourself through your career?
MKW: Over the years, I have learned a lot about life and about God. I’ve learned to not be so hard on myself and to enjoy life. I’ve learned that I am good at a number of things and that I must intentionally empower others so that I won’t try to do everything myself. I’ve learned to not limit myself to only what I can see but to trust God in every area of my life. I’ve learned to embrace the richness and fullness of the words written in Ephesians 3:20 – “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (NLT)
HOPE: What are you hoping to accomplish in the next three years?
MKW: In the next three years, I would love to write a follow up to this book Unthinkable. It would be my pleasure to see women globally embrace the teaching and living extraordinary lives!