"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Mary Oliver, Poet
Sharryn Ludlow is a mentor, entrepreneur, speaker, and passionate provocateur for living a full life of purpose and impact.
We all have one precious life. And for some there is a stirring deep in the heart to do something that matters, to make a difference somehow and to experience what is possible.
That is me.
I’ve never quite fit in the box that society likes to place you in. After all, I’ve owned businesses, travelled many nations, been invited to speak, organised public events, created print media, raised three children, rescued dogs and co-ordinated groups. I don’t do just one thing but I do have big dreams.
It is all these experiences that I draw from to help others navigate their big ideas too.
Nothing is wasted from your life. Your unique story, gifts, talents, abilities, experiences and dreams are exactly what God wants to use.
I have come to appreciate that God is the one that has shaped my life and He has sent people into my life along the way to equip me for the work. Nothing has been by accident or default.
Despite growing up in a Christian home, regularly going to church and being surrounded by lovely people it was not enough to keep me. There is a need inside each individual to meet God ourselves, to be saved, and all the love in the world cannot fulfil that.
For a number of years I abandoned all aspects of faith. Until the day came when God arranged that meeting for me. I was transformed, energised and awake to having purpose. But I knew I wanted the real deal with God, the Christianity of the bible, it was rare to find, most people didn’t really believe it still existed. I despaired of ever finding it, to the point of giving up the idea as a fantasy.
And then God spoke to me, ‘Choose who you will serve’. I replied ‘God I choose you but you better show up’. Within 5 minutes there was a knock at my door. Two men were there. ‘Sharryn, God told us to invite you to a prayer meeting, it’s starting now’.
To be honest, I did not want to go. Christians can be a weird lot (forgive me!) and I was wary of them. But I had just said words to God that convicted me. Had He shown up this way? Yes, He did. It was from this meeting that I heard the call of God, that the beginnings of a vision were birthed in my heart and my life would never be the same.
Your future is tied to purpose and a calling into big things that can only be accessed by faith.
The story is long with many twists and turns but in short, for now over 28 years I’ve been involved with international gospel ministry, seeing thousands giving their life to Christ, miracles, signs and wonders. From around Australia to Zambia, Africa and through the Pacific Islands, I have been intent on fulfilling whatever it takes to be part of what God is doing in the earth.
Simultaneously, married for over 27 years, raising three amazing adults and spreading my entrepreneurial wings. From e-commerce to business coaching and personal development training, I’ve been across a number of industries and enjoy the constant development of skill and relationships that God has brought into my life. Part of that has been receiving training and certification from the John Maxwell Leadership Team.
The challenges have been many and they’ve come in the form of my own thinking, other people and closed doors. I became very intentional about what I focused on, who I listened to, who I spoke to and how I made decisions. The bible became my foundation. I didn’t just read it, I studied it and pulled it apart, and researched and pulled in other resources. The learning plus the experiences have allowed a growth within me that is impossible to shake. These spiritual things are more real than all the ‘reality’ we fight to create.
You can decide to implement and strategically activate the God-given purpose for your future.
My heart craves to see Gods people rise up in strength and wisdom. To not be content with the ordinary, baby stage of faith that stays in the struggles, doubts, fears and limitations. But to be mature, able to stand for God in the big things, to handle the ‘meat’ of what is available and to be equipped for the work He has for them. If I can provoke that in you then I am happy.
As I work with emerging entrepreneurs and business leaders I can see that there are warriors being conscripted into the plans of God. Where purpose, passion and profit thrive. These are the ones that make every minute count in this ‘one wild and precious life’ .