And guess what? We’ve got “NOTHING”. That’s right, the prompt for this week is “nothing”. So write for five minutes and then come on over and link-up with your little sweet nothings than make a great big something!
The conference is approaching.
The one that I have been anticipating for months.
I just signed up to meet with several publishers there.
And with all this anticipation the insecurities and fears rise right up with the excitement.
The same issues I am writing a book about…control, perfectionism, lack of trust…
these are the ones that threaten to choke me.
What if I have nothing that they want to hear?
Nothing of value in their eyes.
Today I was going to post this, “Since I am trying to be a writer…”
Then I stopped as his voice echoed in my head.
Wait, I am a writer.
And then her voice resounded in my ear,
“You are already a good writer.”
And her advice played back too
“You don’t need anyone to validate you
so don’t put your worth in anyone else’s acceptance of you or your work.”
And those life-giving words from His Word and her heart?
The ones I keep forgetting- they come back too…
Don’t look to others for approval.
You are already approved in Christ.
You don’t need a book deal to tell you that.
You don’t need 25,000 followers to affirm that in your heart.
You don’t need to sell a single song on iTunes to know that you belong.
You just need Him. One thing.
And then, all that nothing turns into everything.
He has given you everything you need for life and godliness.
Regardless of if you sell one of your songs.
Regardless of getting signed.
Regardless of your failures and successes, your rejections and approvals.
In Him alone you are good.
He’s got you covered-
covered with all His goodness and all that grace.
Apart from Him. It’s no good.
On your own strength, you’ll burn out.
With sheer will-power, you’ll fall short.
In your own wisdom, you’ll miss the mark.
By your own desire, you’ll wander off.
Remember this, you are always dependent on Him.
And you lack nothing that His grace can’t give you (Roy Lessin).
Apart from Him we have no good thing.
Not one thing.
Keep Him the one thing.
And you’ll be okay, I promise.