The Empty Cup
I am so excited! I finally have my next book idea going. I've been stewing over the idea for a while now. Yes, writers stew a lot! I'm not going to give anything away, but I want you, my friends who cheer me on and encourage me more than you can imagine, to know I'm working on something so you can be in prayer for me (and be excited with me)! I admit, it all seems overwhelming. In fact, I feel very unqualified to do this...but I think that is where I'm supposed to be. The fact is I don't have any training, any education for the task of writing, I just have this burning passion to do it. For those of you who maybe don't know, writing was never a dream of mine. I have always kept journals but that is about as far as it went. The Lord literally put the pen in my hand and planted the passion in my heart in the past few years. As I've struggled for about a year with all the doubts and lists of reasons that I can't really be an author, God keeps putting in front of me the reminder that his strength works in my weakness. Every devotional I read, every Bible story, every journal entry...it all keeps pointing me back to that truth. I think I finally get it, now. I think the point God is trying to make to me is that he calls me to write so others will see it is him, not me, at work. My weakness is that I don't have any training, any degrees any connections and those things are all the reasons I shouldn't be able to write, but those are my weaknesses..
and that's exactly what God is looking for.
God will work through my weakness and produce something beautiful that makes his name famous. I think I finally get it. He has given me a gift that only He could give me, and if anyone reads anything I write and it changes their heart then God receives the glory. Indeed, he works best in weakness. There is a song I have been listening to over and over called, "You Make Me Brave." I think being weak means being brave. I think it means doing things that I just can't do in my own power. I think it means trusting God to work something bigger in me than I can work in myself.
So, I'm going to write! I'm going to tell a story that the Lord will give me, and in the process I will figure out some things about my own faith. I'm going to write what he whispers to me to write, I'm going to trust and believe that I can do what he calls me to do because he calls me to do it. I will fight fear, I will fight doubt...
but the point is that I will fight.
What is it you fear or doubt your ability to do? Forget your ability! God doesn't need your ability to do something big and brave in you. I tell my kids all the time that God is making them into special girls that will do something big and brave for him one day. Well, he is doing it for all of us! He is working in us all to make us big and brave. You can do what you hear him whispering to you to do. Don't worry about the weakness in you. That is the empty cup he will fill with his strength. Cling to him and he will lift you up.
The journey ahead is uncertain for sure. I don't know where this will take me, what I will discover in the process, what God will do....but I can't not do it. I must! God has done to much for me and sitting on the sidelines is not an option. I would rather take a risk, be brave, be courageous, than to never try. Don't hide from the gift inside of you, friend. If God is calling you to do something, it is because he wants to be made famous through you.
Be weak and let him be strong.
"I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day that Christ Jesus returns." Philippians 1:6