Friday, March 4, 2011
Posted by Glynnis Whitwer
He loved the people of God's church. But He didn't define His ministry by what they thought.
I imagine Jesus saying, "I don't have time to be bothered by your man-made rules. I'm about my Father's business of searching for the lost and bringing them home."
I've spent most of my life peeling away the traditions of man to follow the calling of God. It hasn't always been easy. And I'm so far from where I want to be. Even still when I hear God's voice in my ear to do something "risky," I hear another voice saying, "What will they think?"
Will it tarnish my reputation?
Will it diminish my impact?
Will it cause someone to stumble?
While I care deeply about those three things, I care more about obeying God's call - whatever it looks like.
I wrote in my devotion running on P31 and Crosswalk about a time I had to choose where to sit. That was a simple example of a bigger principle I grapple with - laying down my pride to be obedient. This takes many forms in my life, not just who I hang out with at a reception.
Last year I did something very risky for an author - I decided to not pursue a speaking ministry at this time. It was an agonizing decision because non-fiction authors really should be out speaking to promote their books. I felt like I was letting my publisher down, and I worried what it would do to my career and my reputation as an "expert."
But God clearly told me to lay it down in favor of my family. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you'll know my husband and I have five teenagers at home. Two of our children have significant cognitive and emotional needs. And I'm kind of the calming glue around the house. When I leave, there always seems to be a meltdown. For now, I need to be home more, especially on the weekends.
The good news is God is is already making ways for me to market and promote my writing without having to travel. I'll share more in the coming months about that.
I've wrapped up my reputation and layed it in the hands of Someone I trust many times. And He always cares for it tenderly, protecting it on my behalf. He's my defender when the whispers of judgement slither past. I imagine Him standing firm between me and judging eyes. And I also hearing Him challenge me to go further ... to be braver ... to risk more for loving the lost ... to care more about Him than my reputation.
I've got two copies of Lysa TerKeurst's book "Radically Obedient, Radically Blessed" to give away to two people who post a comment. I'll announce the winner on Monday. Please make sure to leave a way to contact you - or check back if you want to post anonymously. I'll choose at random and include the posting time.
Also on Monday, I'll be announcing a contest to win a scholarship to She Speaks. You won't want to miss this contest if you are a writer.
Thanks for joining me today.
In His Love,