Turn Back or Continue Forward

Have you ever been smack dab in the middle of a dark night on an unfamiliar road? You don’t know how long you’ve been going down the road you’re on, and you don’t know when you’re going to reach your destination. What if you weren’t on the right road to begin with? There don’t seem to be any landmarks to give you a hint that you’re even going in the right direction.

You decide it’s time to turn around and go back the way you came. Give up. Quit. It’s not like you knew for sure that you were supposed to take the journey anyway.

Or maybe if you start over, the directions will be more clear, there will be a chance to see if you made all the right turns, even if it takes longer. You look for a place to turn around. You have to find just the right driveway to pull into that has enough room and visibility for you to turn around. You sit and think for a moment. Go, return?

Before long you know with a certainty you’re headed in the right direction. Your eyes stray back to the road. This is where your super reasoning powers take charge. It would be so much easier to give up. Who cares if you slink back to the old familiar territory and stay put. Returning to the journey may be so perilous you don’t think you can survive it.

But, you know the answer. It’s as clear as if God spoke right into your ear. Drive forward. Get back on the road. Trust the directions. Returning to the pavement, your eyes are trained hard on the landscape beyond your headlights. No matter how hard you strain, all you can see it what’s within feet of you. He speaks to you again, “Trust.”

You take a deep breath as the vehicle moves forward.

That’s about where I am in this writing journey. I know I’m doing what God has called me to do, but I don’t know exactly where I am. I don’t know how far away my destination is. All I have is the leading of my Savior…and that will have to be enough…for now.

Good night dear readers.
Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

A Great Book Reading Night

It’s been a great day full of adventure. Karla and I had our first reading and signing event at a local elementary school where they were celebrating Dr. Seuss. There were lots of excited kids who sat and listened to us read. They were all so adorable, and very friendly too. They made an amazing poster for the entryway to the classroom where we were stationed.

What a great night to hook up with some old friends and meet new ones too.

Karla has such a great storytelling voice. All the kids were very enamored with her when she read. A big thanks goes out to all the parents who took time to bring their kids out. I hope we can do more events like this.

What kind of events have you done to promote your books? I’d love to hear from you.

Help!

We live in a selfish world. How often have you gone to pull into a parking space and someone zoomed in before you could? What about the speeding vehicles who just barely miss the front of your bumper as they pass you at full speed on the highway? It’s even evident in our children who fuss and fight to get what they want.

These are all good examples of the general world, but what about us Christians? We’d all like to think we’d be there when we hear the call of the Lord, right? Wouldn’t it be part of the nature engrafted to us by our Savior after salvation? Yet we are all guilty of being selfish.

Have you ever promised to do something for someone but didn’t do it? What if it was something that didn’t really matter–to you, that is? The book world us Christian writers live in can be as cut throat and full of broken dreams as the rest of the world out there. So many of us have felt the slice of an agent who promises to respond and never does. We’ve experienced those who straight out tell us our work isn’t good enough. And I’m sure many of you would agree that we’ve inflicted wounds on other Christian writers, ourselves. The reason: Selfishness.

Well, this is a call to arms. Let each of us do what we say we will do. Let’s be more kind. And, let’s work a little longer and harder for the good of others. Help those around us.

I had a writing buddy help me this weekend who didn’t have to. But what she did for me enriched my life, furthered my writing career, and directed me in a matter I could not have figured out on my own. I send many blessings her way. Even if I didn’t, God would surely see fit to reward her for her kindness.

I want to be like that for other writers. To be an encourager, to reach out to others is what we are called to do by our Savior.

Can you remember the last time you took an extra step for someone else? How about the last time someone helped you? It feels good whether you’re the giver or the receiver. Be a giver this week.

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