Canadian attorney Georgialee Lang has edited a book containing the stories of eight of Canada’s most prominent Christian women leaders. In “Faith, Life & Leadership,” these Christian women tell how they overcame resistance and stumbling blocks in order to achieve positions of leadership. They didn’t get where they are at by being handed advantages growing up. Lang’s own story is one of the eight.
Lang went from prison to being recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada for the past 12 years. After a tough family upbringing, she fell into abusing drugs with a boyfriend during her late teenage years. One thing led to another, and she ended up incarcerated, serving a nine-month sentence in prison.
After she was released, it took Lang awhile to find her way in life, as she kept clean, working low-paying jobs. Her new boyfriend Doug, a City of Vancouver police officer, dumped her after he discovered she had served time in prison.
While waitressing, Lang met a waitress who had a college degree, and it dawned on her that she wasn’t much smarter than herself. So at age 30, Lang registered for college and started attending church. She acknowledges that a seed that had been planted in her at a young age from attending church helped bring her back. She obtained a college degree and graduated with the highest marks in her graduating class. Tellingly, Doug reunited with her.
Lang started law school and discovered, “You may be incredibly gifted, but without long hours and hard work your superior skills will be for naught.” She graduated from law school at age 35 and assures Millennials that it’s never too late to embark upon something different in life.
Lang credits her recovery in part to her energy and passion. She asks, “Is it possible to be a visionary leader without passion?” She answers, “Resoundingly no!” Lang reminds us what the Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
It wasn’t all smooth going from there on, however. When Lang approached one of her law professors about dealing with her past going forward as an attorney, he disdainfully asked her how she possibly thought she was suitable for the practice of law.
Nevertheless, Lang overcame the odds. She embarked upon a successful career in family law, becoming a popular guest on TV shows to discuss issues in that area. She shared information with colleagues and even competitors, and made sure to say hi to her staff every morning. She was invited to become an adjunct professor at her alma mater, The University of British Columbia, where she taught students family law for six years.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rachel Alexander