I think it is humorous that on the Mastering The Habits Of Great Writers Series we are to write about being prepared. Now I am sure they would like me to write about how I am prepared in my writing. I can’t do that just yet. I a newbie in the writing world, I should not be giving advice on how to be prepared to write. But I can tell you I have lived the last ten years prepared for the “what if”.
What is the “What If” life happens… Really, let me explain. I carry this box with us any time we go any place far from home. it has any thing in it that I could need to medically fix my kids in a emergency. I could not sew them up but I could place a sterile bandage on it till we could get to the hospital. It has a g-tube in it just in case Minnie’s falls out… it has a port kit in it just in case Minnie get hurt badly and needs to be accessed on the spot I could do it before emergency help arrived then they would be able to give her meds. It has Latex free bandages, she is allergic… It has fire ant bite cream… the list goes on and on and on…
Am I prepared or am I crazy? I think I am a mix of both. You see the hospital or emergency care could provide most of these things… I just don’t trust that they can provide as good as I can. That is the crazy in me. So what? I am their mommy, it is my job to be prepared. It is much like when they were babies and I carried a diaper bag. I would of never gone out in the world with out being prepared.
The Lord also calls us to be prepared! He wants us to hide His word in our hearts so we may be able to have an answer ready at the right time. I know that it is not always easy for me to be prepared. It is easy for me to look at facebook or pinterest but for some reason when it come to having the word of God ready… Why is that? This is my personal challenge. I am working on it! I hope you work on it to!
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
The call to practice in public has me shaking in my flip flops… You see it is easy to write on a blog where the only people that visit are people who love and support you. Stepping out and putting myself out in the world for rejection makes me flash back to being a left out kid. I don’t want to relive being a total reject.
Life is full of rejections… and real life is how we handle those rejections.
Just look at Jesus he was rejected by everyone he knew..Isaiah 53:3 says “He is despised and rejected by men… But even though Jesus was rejected by everyone He knew He handle rejection with the most amazing grace. Jesus handled life’s rejections with His life. Jesus knows each and everyone of us and still even after He gave His life, He faces rejection. Rejection from His children that He died for. I am sure that rejection from man brakes His heart yet He would die on the cross for us, for you, and for me… again. Awesome right?!
So what can we learn from our Lord about rejection?
Rejection is real, Jesus knew a lot about rejection. Jesus was able to deal with rejection with grace because He found His identity in God, His Father.
We need to try to do the same when we feel the sting of rejection. We need to remind ourself that we have an identity in Christ and what He did for us on the cross. This is something that I’m learning to do… Living to glorify Christ.
Rejection gives us a chance at practicing humility. If we are honest with ourself and learn to understand first that when we are rejected it is our pride that is hurt. While it’s humiliating to be be rejected, just remember this… If we are humbled, we cannot be humiliated.
As long as we are breathing we will have to deal with rejection and rejection in the absence of the love of God is a feeling that I don’t want to deal with. I have resolved to find my identity in Christ, not only when I’m rejected but when I’m praised and accepted.
So now I have to go out in Public and write… I am a writer… I am…
The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration.
Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.
Today on the 15 habits of Great writers was a call to Initiate
Not only am I a writer I have a secret desire to be a certain type of writer. One day soon I will share what kind of writer I feel called to be and why. I want to write… about something that I am passionate about and that I have personal knowledge of. I want it to be something that I love and that I would want to read. Now if you know me you know I LOVE to read EVERYTHING. I have admitted to the world that I am a writer! Totally scary but so exciting to! I also shared that I have a dream of what type of writer I am going to be! Now it is time to jump in to writing and get my little feet wet. If you have ever jumped into a lake, or ocean you to know that under that water is an unknown territory. Is something waiting to bite your toes off? Is there slime or sludged to wade through? But guess what we all have, at sometime, waded through the unknown to find out that once you get out into the water it is refreshing and not so scary. I have even enjoyed squishing my toes in the slime! I kinda feel this way about writing. It is a little scary to just jump in!