“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” Proverbs 24:16 NIV
Rejected again but not by God. I won’t lie, rejection hurts. It bruises the ego and breaks the heart. As a writer, I’m faced with rejection all the time. You never really get used to rejection, you just learn how to deal with it. You have to make a decision that you will not give up. You continue to hope because your hope is not based on what you see but on the God with whom all things are possible.
Quitting is not an option with God on your side. If Abraham had quit, he would not have become the father of many nations. If Moses had quit, the Israelites would have never seen the Promised Land. If David had quit, he would have never become king. If Jesus had quit, we would never have salvation.
Whatever God has promised you, don’t give up. Attaining those promises may be a challenge but not an impossibility. Though you may be bruised, heartbroken and exhausted, God is still with you. He is able and willing.
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 NIV
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 NIV
When I started (and up until the moment I wrote this) thought that I had to be the perfect writer. I thought I had to write as many stories and books as James Patterson and my words had to beautifully flow and be as meaningful as Maya Angelou. what’s the point of doing what I do if I’m not the best? If I’m not the best, who is going to want to read my work? If no one reads my work then how will I become the next Shonda Rhimes? Wouldn’t I be a failure if I’m not the best?
Fortunately, I was reminded that God doesn’t expect me to be James Patterson, Maya Angelou or Shonda Rhimes. He wants me to be me. He knew who I was and who I would become before He created me in my mother’s womb. He’s the one that called me to write. He loves me and all my geeky weirdness. He knows all of my insecurities and flaws yet He still chose me to encourage people through my writing. I don’t understand it and sometimes I feel unworthy of this call but nevertheless, I will do it. I will trust Him to guide me and help me through my journey.
My success isn’t based on how many books or short stories I sell. It’s not based on how many views my blog gets and it’s not based on how many people follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Success, in God’s eyes, is based on whether or not I have done what He has called me to do.
“You are my servant; I have chosen you and not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10 NIV
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV
Sometimes, when we think about all that God is calling us to do it can become overwhelming. Just know that if God has called you to do something, it is not impossible. God provides everything we need, when we need it. Trust that He has everything already planned out for us. Nothing takes God by surprise although, it may be a surprise to us. There are no obstacles that can block God’s plans. He is the God that never sleeps. He set the plans for our lives in motion before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. Our job is to trust Him and not to try and make sense of things with our own understanding. His ways are not our ways. We can’t do what He has called us to do apart from Him so we might as well just let Him lead us.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Hello fellow faith walkers, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on Out The Boat. When I started this blog my goal was to be an encouragement to people who were taking leaps of faith and jumping out the boat to do whatever God has called them to do. I have to be honest that lately I haven’t felt very encouraged myself so I haven’t posted anything.
I was tired of jumping out the boat, sinking, then jumping back in…over and over again. I was tired of feeling like I was praying to a brick wall when I could have been spending time catching up on Game of Thrones before the new season starts. I was tired of watching everyone else’s prayers get answered while I still waited. Yes, I’ve been having a selfish moment. Who am I to question God’s timing? I am nothing but a little grey worm (shout out to my fellow GOT fans).
The truth is God answers my prayers every single day that I wake up in my right mind. God knows what obstacles I’m facing and He always makes a way. He always provides for my needs. There are just some things that I have to wait a bit longer before I see them manifested in my life. God can not be rushed so I have no choice but to be patient because I want the best He has for me.
Another thing I realized is that sometimes the best way to encourage others is to let them know they are not alone in their struggles. I feel as if I’ve failed my fellow faith walkers by only writing when I feel like it or when I feel strong. The truth is that sometimes I need encouraging too. I have days when I don’t feel like I’m worthy of my calling and there are some days I feel like giving up but I know that I’m not the only one. So, I promise I’ll do better posting regularly.
You all keep praying for me…I’m praying for you. God Bless!
Fear, we meet again. Didn’t we just have this same conversation last week? You say I can’t make it and this time it’s really the end. You tell me that everyone will shake their heads in pity or laugh at me. I’ve heard it all before and I’m tired of listening to you. You’re a liar. God said that I can do all things through Christ. He also said that even though I may fall seven times, I will rise again. I will put my trust in God because no one who hopes in Him will ever be put to shame.
I realize that God has never failed me but you, Fear, have done nothing but hold me back. I’m not sure why I keep allowing you to take up residency inside my head. Well, let this be your eviction notice.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
After so many rejections, you can start to second guess yourself. You start wondering if you really were called by God. Maybe it was just my overactive imagination. I should probably quit now and just be content with my grown up job and let go of these childish dreams. It’s when these thoughts fill your mind that you have to force yourself to keep going.
You’re not really second guessing yourself, you’re second guessing God. If He has called you to do something and you have repeatedly received confirmation that you have been called to do it, don’t sabotage your future by doubting. Rejection will come but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end. It only means God has something better planned. Once He opens the door no man will be able to close it.
Now, get up, dust yourself off and keep doing what you know you were called to do.
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” Proverbs 24:16 NIV
I’ve noticed lately, that when my work is rejected or if I don’t get a lot of views and comments on my blog, I get discouraged and depressed for days. It’s as if my joy is linked to what others think of me. Of course, I want people to read and enjoy my work, if no one reads it then what’s the point, right?
I know God has called me to be a writer. Writing isn’t a gift that is meant to keep to myself. I just assumed that if God called me to do it that I would be spectacular at it. After all, I’m created in His image and God is far from mediocre. So when my work is rejected I feel as if I’m not only letting myself down but I’m letting God down too. It’s like I’m not truly using the talent that He entrusted me with.
Well, after a nice long pity party, the Lord posed a question to me. “If you never receive one cent for your work or never receive any rewards and praise, would you still do what I called you to do and would you do it as passionately?”
Before I realized how much work, time, criticism, heartache and sacrifice was involved in doing what God called me to do, I would have said yes in a heartbeat but now this question gives me pause. I realize that answering this question reveals where my heart truly is. It lets me know who I’m really doing this for. Is it for my glory or God’s?
Our words are so precious, in them is the power of life and death. As writers we have a very powerful gift and weapon at our fingertips. Our words can potentially reach millions of people. If you’re a Christian writer this a huge responsibility. My reason for writing can not be for my glory. It has to be for God’s glory only. When I get to the finish line, I want to hear Him say, “well done, my good and faithful servant.”
“If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 NIV