Your answer to life is always "Keep your eyes on the cross" "Love everyone" "Trust Jesus" and you won't have problems.
I have to be honest, sometimes I get a snotty attitude when I hear that, because that's all great until the issues come, because God never said you wouldn't have trials. There are real life actions, thoughts, emotions, yes emotions, struggles, circumstances, not to mention Satan, whose only purpose is to destroy your very being. Oh, and to add to it, God also didn't say you would handle trials perfectly, but He did say He would never leave you or forsake you.
Sometimes the common answers that fix everything looks really messy. Well, at least if you are me they do. If you not me, you may think my blog is silly. Don't worry each day I am learning, but I will never be perfect, so you might see a lot of real life drama until then. It might even look like one of those tabloid journals.
So what do we do? Do we allow ourselves the ability to be transparent in front of others, knowing they are going to say whatever they want anyway. I don't know, that's up to you. It's the scariest thing I know. But I say it's worth a shot. Keeping it real, so others can also.
One of the most exciting thoughts I had when I wrote my book is "what if it had "NEW YORK'S #1 BEST SELLERS" on the cover. I could help millions of people. Even at a dollar a book a million copies could get me out of debt! A lady prophesied over me at church one day, she said, "I believe you are going to lead many married couples to the alter" I have no idea who she was and I thought it was strange because it was right after I felt God told me I was going to be writing books. And...Tony and I were in the middle of the process of healing from a broken marriage...this was exciting news and must be true!!!
One of the worst things I thought of it what if someone misunderstands something, or they hate my book. I would be devastated. I don't think I would ever write again.
What one do you suppose happened? I will give you a hint, New York has no idea who I am, and perhaps that's a good thing. :)
Sometimes when God calls you, you and He might have a different idea of what it looks like. I know that's what happened with me. I told my boys to promise me that if I ever said anything again about quitting what I felt God called me to do, they were to remind me that it was God's plan, and no matter what my eyes see, or what emotions I go through, it's for the people that God wants to bless, that I carry on.
My point, don't worry about what you look like doing the things that you feel led to do. You will have people that don't believe in you. I bet there is only 5 of my family members that ever bought my book, I bet there is only 5 of my church family that did. It was strangers that purchased it, and responded positively...sometimes when you believe in something, others don't. Who cares! Sometimes you have to buy copies of your own book to share with others...if you believe in it, then you believe in it. Some people believe in stuff that I'd never promote....You only have maybe 100 years to live if you're lucky make it worth something for you and God. Put your mark on the world, try to make it a better place than when you got here. Maybe I don't even know how to write, or even what I'm talking about, but I know I want to encourage.
Do you remember Moses...I know right the one that PARTED THE SEA...yeah that Moses.... remember how he got his start?
4 Moses objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’”
10 Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”
11-12 God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.”
13 He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!”
The Message Exodus 4:4-13 (5-9 left out)