But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 HCSB
I have a confession to make. I haven’t worked on my newest book project since October. My poor characters continue to be stuck in the limbo of chapter four. It’s not that I don’t know what I’m going to write. God already gave me most of the story back in 2013. So why haven’t I been working on it? I’ve allowed myself to get distracted by all the other things I felt I should do to further my calling. I was so busy trying to build my platform as a writer, that the actual writing part took a back seat. I listened to satan when he whispered that writing books wasn’t enough, and so I tried to do more. But in doing more, even though they were good things, I was being disobedient to God.
When I looked into seminary classes because I felt my non-theological background wasn’t good enough, the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
When I began to compare myself to other Christian writers and speakers and became discouraged, He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
When I saw all those other Christian novels on the shelves of the bookstore and cried because mine may never be there, He said, “My grace is sufficient for you.”
It has taken me six months to finally get what the Lord has been telling me all along. His grace is *enough in every aspect of this calling and if I keep trying to accomplish things with my own might, then I am forfeiting His power in the process. I’m exchanging heavenly for worldly, perfect for just okay.
This means I can stop trying to help Him along. He’s got this. I’m just supposed to write. I’m not to worry about book sales or blog views; I’m just supposed to write. I don’t have to stress about trying to reach more people; I’m just supposed to write.
So this week, I’m going to sit down at my computer and rescue my characters from chapter four. I’m going to let all that other stuff go and just concentrate on finishing the work God gave me to do. And I’m going to do it standing firm in the belief that His grace is all I need.
Many blessings to you,
*NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries