Remember last week’s post, Risky Faith? Well, today I’m standing on the edge of a cliff of sorts, and I’m taking the plunge.
And I need to tell you about it because it affects you.
Here goes: God is leading me to approach my writing very differently than I have so far. He’s calling me to abandon any idea of trying writing for profit (as if “writing” and “profit” weren’t already oxymorons!) He’s called me to give up on trying to “brand” myself, to quit trying to “please an audience.” I’ve even quit writing “for ministry,” to try to “meet a need.”
I’ve abandoned “trying” and embraced “trusting.”
I’m writing simply because I must. Not from some inner compulsion to “express myself,” or even to “get words on paper,” but from some primordial lava flow that won’t stop bubbling and threatening to blow the Spirit’s thoughts all over my keyboard. I must allow God to say what HE wants to say, how HE wants to say it. Without worrying about being “PC,” without fear of offending, ignoring the probability of rejection and reproof.
You see, God is calling me to shed the layers of self awareness and self protection. He has called me to abandon faithless inhibition. And though I have always striven for authenticity and transparency in my writing, God wants more.
God isn’t interested in my best, He wants my all.
And that’s a scary place for me. So, in the weeks and months to come, I’m not going to try to write “on topic,” I’m just going to offer myself as a vehicle to write whatever He brings, however He brings it. And I’m going to trust that whatever He pours into me will overflow to you in words of hope, comfort, and strength for your own journey.
For as Scriptures says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (I Corinthians 12:7 Emphasis mine)
So, I am praying that the words God calls forth will encourage you. I’m praying that my words will somehow empower you to tether more tightly to the Anchor who alone can hold us firm and strong and safe.
But I’ll warn you up front; this transition may be messy for me–for you. Still, I hope you’ll bear with me as God launches me into deep water with no land to retreat to, no footing to catch my breath, no horizon line for which to aim. I don’t know, you may not like it, I’m sure not comfortable with it!
However, I’m willing to take this risk–not because I’m brave, simply because I’m called to.
And for you.
What risk is God calling you to take for Him?
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