I ask you–why don’t my devotional books sell like Max Lucado’s? Or Billy Graham’s? Or almost anyone else? Just not fair. Mine don’t sell like hot cakes. More like chilled jello! But I work so hard. No appreciation? Come on, cut me some slack!
Maybe that’s exactly what I need. Some breathing space. A lull and hiatus from playing the old comparison game. Not as rich as so-and-so? Had a run-of-the-mill upbringing unlike that ‘whodiwho’ raised in the most Christian family you’ve ever known? I wind up on the losing team.
There’s way too much competition today. Someone wins, someone loses. I’m up, you’re down (notice the order!).
Reading Galatians 6, I’m feeling as if the Apostle Paul has my back to the wall, pinned up against it. Why? Well, take a gander at verses 4 and 5. Get the picture? His message? In a nutshell–I need only to be faithful. Do what God wants me to do. What He’s gifted me with. For myself, it’s writing. Plugging away. Nose to the computer grindstone. Writing, editing, and then even more editing. Keep on keeping on!
But why aren’t there more readers of my Saturday devotionals, let alone my two books? Would Max be satisfied? Or Billy if he was still with us? Paul says to forget it. As in ‘grow up, Fischer’. Do what you do for Jesus. My audience of One. And ‘leave the driving to’ Him. In His hands. Out of mine. If Jesus is pleased, what else matters?
Get off your keister. Get going for Him. He’ll take care of the rest. Mind you, I’m talking directly to myself, allowing you to overhear in case any of this applies to you-know-who!
Galatians 6: 4-5–‘Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each should carry his own load.’ The Bible says it best. Always does. I’ll leave it at that. Hopefully.
Thank you, Jesus, for gifts given to us. In your name and for your sake. Amen.