“If we get a book deal, what should we do first?”
I sat in a room full of other women with passion to share stories. Stories about a big God who breathed dreams into being. Stories about a Creator who stirred the creative spirit in each of us. We were in a Q & A session with a New York Times bestselling author and everyone sat on the edge of her seat, waiting for her to answer.
“Well, first I would do a happy dance because that’s awesome,” she responded. “And then get on your knees. Because you’re about to enter into a spiritual battle.”
I’m not sure if this answer was what the woman had in mind. But it was the answer we all needed to hear.
The American dream teaches us if we work hard, put in enough hours and keep trying, we can make our way to the top. We can have the white house with the picket fence, the dog and the happy family of four. And while hard work and diligence is certainly important, there are many other elements at play when our work is in ministry.
The moment we decide to take a step of faith we will face opposition.
There’s an enemy who would rather us sit comfortably on our sofas eating potato chips. He would rather us give up. He would rather us focus on ourselves instead of on Jesus.
Sometimes opposition comes in the form of doubt and discouragement. Other times it’s the naysayers in our path who tell us our dream isn’t practical or realistic. And often, it’s procrastination. It’s perfectionism and endless distractions.
I’ll never forget the words that author stated to each of us….”Get on your knees.” Recently, they came to mind because the voices of negativity were great. Most of them came from my own head.
I faced a major roadblock in my writing, and my perseverance was waning. So I did what I’ve seen others do. I tried harder. I obsessed about things beyond my control. I put in more hours behind the keyboard and then checked social media more times than I can count.
None of these things helped. Not one iota. I prayed for God’s leading and over several weeks of reading and seeking, I realized something.
The things I do for God have no power unless they’re done with him.
My lists of tasks can’t replace the relationship. I can’t forget the value of being with him and knowing him.
While in the gospel of John, a simple truth struck me. It’s one I often overlook. Jesus power didn’t come from the things he did in the name of the Father.
His power came from his relationship with the Father.
“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
John 5:19 NIV
Friends, we serve a God who delights in seeing dreams come to life. But he is the One writing the story. What’s beautiful is that we get to be a part of it.
Apart from him, we can do nothing. But when we partner with him and let him show us the way, anything is possible.
A couple of months ago, I received an invitation to be a part of something God is doing. It was completely unexpected. It wasn’t even on my radar.
Many times, that’s how God works.
I’m joining 21 other authors, speakers, and ministry leaders to talk about God-given dreams, how to pursue them, and how to overcome the roadblocks we all face. We’re inviting you to join us for some real, honest conversations in an interview series starting August 1st.
I hope you will join us for this free event. If you’ve ever wondered what your purpose is or how to take the next step toward a dream God placed within you, this series is for you. I know you will be encouraged and driven to take the next step.
Hope to see you next week!
Finding hope in life’s messes,