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Who’s In Charge, Anyway?

November 1, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

In ChargeAs I was viewing posts on a writer’s site describing the results of methods used to advertise a new book’s release, I ran into a common theme–frustration and discouragement.

Some authors lamented their publishers weren’t being aggressive enough in advertising their latest release. Others felt their own methods had failed to generate sufficient sales. Yet, both were engaged in time-tested efforts book publishers usually employed to market books, getting them in the hands–and, thus, the hearts–of readers.

Since my new release falls into the Christian fiction category, what interested me most about these posts were comments by Christian authors. Several of them posted they had felt led of the Lord to write their book, yet many posted they weren’t happy about they way the  book was selling. Did that mean they felt, even though God had been in charge of their writing the book, that now He wasn’t in command of how their book was selling?

Sometimes, when it appears God is leading us in one direction and we commit to that course of action, the results are not what we anticipated. We expected success, and we experienced failure–or, at least, less than successful results.

I believe this is a common misconception when it comes to feeling led of the Lord to do something.

Just because I felt led of the Lord to initiate a project, support a cause, or engage in some personal pursuit, and His hand was on me in the doing of it, that doesn’t mean, when it comes to the results, I’m suddenly in charge.

God is still in charge when it comes to all outcomes–not me and not you. Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

This is a common theme throughout the Scriptures, but as self-sufficient, self-determining human beings, we failed to remember or perhaps just refuse to heed, what the Lord is saying to us on the subject of who’s in charge.

Isaiah 55:8-11, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways . . . it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

What are your plans today? Will God be responsible for the results or will you decide to assign the blame–or maybe even the credit–to yourself?

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  1. Bryan
    November 1, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Good points and a heathy perspective. Thanks, Bryan

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  2. November 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks Bryan. I appreciate your comment. Be blessed and a blessing today!

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  3. November 22, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I just discovered your blog through Twitter. I too am a pastor’s wife (now retired) and an ordained minister. Writing has always been an extension of my ministry. I loved this post. As I wrote my first historical Christian fiction novel, Till the Storm Passes By, set in Alaska, where I grew up in a missionary family, I knew there were no guarantees that it would sell, but I did what I could and trusted God to do His part. My publisher was helpful, but I had to do a lot of work too. Now, my second book in my Alaskan Waters series, A Star to Steer By, is also available. My books may never be bestsellers, but hearing from readers that they were blessed by reading them is enough to keep me writing. Faithfulness to do what God asks us to do is all He requires of us.

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  4. November 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for your comment, AnnaLee. I’ll go take a look at your website. Your books sound intriguing and you have such a wonderful canvas on which to write them, since you have lived in Alaska. Always hear “write what you know.” Yes, I’m afraid the day has come and gone when a writer just writes, sits back, and waits for readers to find them. Take a look at my new novel and tell me what you think. I’m sure, like me, you love hearing from your readers!

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