Sunday, January 7, 2018

Past Failure or Future Triumph?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

My friends, I don’t feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead. I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. Philippians 3:13-14

Publishing is a tough business. 
It’s almost impossible to write anything for public consumption without feeling like you’re throwing your heart into the lion’s den. And I don’t know about you, but I give these negative comments a lot more credibility than the positive ones. The good ones I tend to disregard with the thought that the person commenting was, “just being nice.”

With the mind-set of living on past rejections it’s possible to shrivel up and die, at least as a writer. Feeding ourselves on what’s gone before forces us to a standstill.

And it comes with an entire travel trailer full of baggage.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with doubt, insecurity and an almost overwhelming urge to give up. Instead, draw a line in the sand. Commit today, RIGHT NOW, to begin to live in the future, on the promises God has given you.

If you’re writing now, you know what I mean. You’ve heard that still, small voice call your name. You’ve gotten that confirmation you’ve asked for. Now it’s time to move forward, believing God truly is big enough to make it happen. He doesn’t call us out, fully formed and ready. He calls us out when we’re weak—ready for Him to equip us.

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9 comments:

  1. Amen Ms. Edie. God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Thank you so much for all your encouragement. We all remain "works in progress" until His return. Great reminder of that fact. God's blessings...

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    1. Jim, I'm so glad I was able to encourage you! Blessings, E

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  2. Thanks for the needed reminder, Edie!

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  3. You’re such an encouragement, Edie. I’m laughing a little bit. When I read the first lines of this post—I forget what is behind, struggle for what is ahead—I thought, she gets me! Like most writers, I can get too focused on what I haven’t accomplished (a lot) and forget what I have (God has) accomplished, which is more now than a year ago when I let myself see that. It took me a quick second to realize you started with scripture. Paul gets me. :) Rather, he gets all of us. :)

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    1. I also want to add that it’s encouraging to know even a writer like you still has doubts and questions. It makes it easier for those of us following behind to know those feeing just come with the job. Much appreciated.

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    2. Karen, I find the same kind of encouragement from other writers who are far ahead of me on the writing road. We each support one another! Blessings, E

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  4. Thank you for this encouragement. :-)

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  5. Melissa, Thank you for stopping by! Blessings, E

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