In November I set out to write a novel. Needless to say I did not stick to my goal and I didn’t finish the novel.
I know that if I am ever going to finish the novel I will need to really sit down and do some focused writing, and I still plan on writing the novel. In fact I am always writing notes and I have a nice little system to keep track of my notes so they aren’t just flying around the house somewhere.
But with all that goes on in the daily life I have to truly count the cost of what it means to be involved in so much work.
Recently I dissolved some business partnerships and sold some websites I had been working on for quite some time. Of course during that process I questioned what I was doing and if I was focusing on the right things. One of those things I wanted to focus on included this blog, and that fiction book I was just talking about.
All I know is that it took a lot of faith to make my choice, and I truly believe God gave me that choice. So I chose this.
I am learning that in life we have a lot more freedom to choose how we spend our time. Truth of the matter is we will be just one small person in a crowd of people who are just like us. I am not the only writer in the world, or mom, or wife, or Christian.
So even though I feel I am called to do what I do on a daily basis, I also feel like it is something I have to choose on a daily basis.
A lot of people are called to do the very same things I am called to do. Just because I write doesn’t necessarily mean I am the best writer, or I can’t choose to do something else.
But I choose to write. Just as quickly as I decided to write I could just as quickly decide to do something else with my time and energy.
So my focus has shifted, and I think that even in this shift I will always need to trust God. Just because success may not come in ways I had hoped, or even in ways that they have come for other people who are just like me doing the same thing I am doing, doesn’t mean that my choice and my faith in that choice isn’t pleasing to God because I know it is pleasing to Him because of my faith!
For me success isn’t based on what I can achieve simply because that is something that will eventually disappear.
I am a child of God, and Eternity is my future. My success needs to be eternally focused.
So for me success is being true to myself and the person I am in Christ. With this, simply choosing to do what I feel God has called me to do, and having faith the whole way through that process, is success for me!
There are so many things I want my children to know, and this is one of them. To be true to who God created them to be, always. Even if that means letting go of some things so you can choose eternal success and build up treasures in heaven.
This truly goes against so much we have been taught, but it truly matters, we need to know that what we do in this life matters more than what we acquire.
So I am definitely going to just keep working towards finishing this novel, and writing on this blog. All of it is going to take some faith.
But I know what I believe and WHO I believe in.
Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.