These last three months have been so difficult to watch one of my kids go through some of the most heartbreaking moments of their life. But God was at work, slowly working behind the scenes. And here we are, walking into the light at the end of the tunnel.
I made this poster and placed it on our refrigerator.
I can’t tell you how many times a day I would read it out loud. It’s so hard to watch the people we love the most go through difficult times, even if we know it’s for their benefit.
I also read through this post I’ve included again. I wrote it during another season of tests and trials.
No one likes those, but for maturity to come, everyone has to go through tests and trials. So, what to do, what to do, when someone you love is hurting? I came across this article on Lifehack and it perfectly puts “what to do?” in perspective.
POST FROM 2009
Life is all about growing. Taking risks is part of that growth that can’t be substituted.
When my kids were little, we would go to the beach. They loved and hated the water. It was overwhelming to them. Its vastness and power intimidated them. It wasn’t until their dad would pick them up by the arms and swing them gently over the water that the enticement of fun overcame the fear.
You’re a new writer, or maybe you’ve been writing for a long time. There are so many enticements calling to you. Is is a novel, magazine writing, a how-to book? You’ll never experience the joy of publishing that great work rumbling around in your heart and mind if you don’t take a step forward.
My children are grown now, but they all love visiting the beach. They have been stung by jellyfish, smacked down by diverging waves, endured sunburns, tolerated sand in their sandwiches, experienced a tropical storm instead of a nice sunny vacation, fought off hermit crabs, and plucked sand spurs to numerous to count. But it was all worth the risk to them.
Don’t let fear keep you from your dream. Step out, have faith, know that your father in heaven is gently holding you by the arms over the turbulent waves.
- Taking risks will always be uncomfortable.
- Taking risks will require sacrifices.
- Taking risks will require you to be true to yourself.
- Taking risks will require effort & hard work.
- Taking risks will require that you have a servant’s heart.
- Taking risks requires that you stay determined & focused.
- Taking risks as a Christian writer means to never compromise obedience to God first.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Keep going toward the light, the end of your tunnel will come.