It is easy to get frustrated, tired, or burned out, trying to find the time to blog. No complaint here, I'm grateful that I am able to write these posts, and maybe help another struggling for freedom from addictions or with their spirituality. There are times you feel you are writing to the wind and the time spent in meditation may be better served painting a wall. Fortunately, web hosts provide stats that show how many are reading; so you can re-think posts if you are not getting hits, or press on with what you are writing about. In the past month, aside from regular readers, both sites have had over 3k hits. That is not a boast by any means. It is an invitation to some of you that have writing skills to get busy using that talent to encourage others. There are others too, that have stopped posting, thinking they were wasting time. You are not wasting a moment if your aim is helping another, thus giving honor to God.
"For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for Him and how you have shown love to Him by caring for other believers, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and endurance." Heb. 6:10-12 NLT
The strange thing is that so often you have these thoughts that people are saying you are self-promoting, or acting the expert, or they are reading just to gossip about you. They don't comment or like what you wrote about. Don't believe that...that friends, is exactly how the enemy works. If people are talking about you, you are doing what God wants you to do. The gossiper is merely a cheerleader for the enemy, and if they are talking bad about you, many are being helped, the devil doesn't like that at all.
These things have been in my face too often since writing, "Under The Influence." Support, I thought would come from certain areas, didn't, and probably never will. Support came from where I never thought it would come. This experience alone, had God not given me strength and courage, I would have been painting that wall, or watching the grass grow somewhere. Blogging is no different. I wanted to quit so many times from the time spent preparing, or from reading my own posts and thinking, "that stinks!" Then you have someone walk up to you at the store and say, "I love what you're writing, it really helps." Then you can crawl back to God repenting for the pity party, strap on your spiritual gear, and get back to work.
Get back on the horse. Start doing what God has called you to do, don't hide your talent waiting until you are perfect. If you teach, study and teach. If you sing, sing like a bird. If you counsel people well, make yourself available to do so. There can be nothing worse than coming to the end of life, knowing what could have been but you didn't do. Risk embarrassment. Like David, strengthen yourself in God, through prayer and the scripture. If you have never tried to use your gift, try, endure, believe, then work.
Finally, some have written books and have asked me questions about publishing. Don't fear sending your manuscript in. Don't fear the rejection. Don't expect for a moment that your publisher, if your work is accepted, will do much about the promotion, you will do the bulk of work. UTI is unique, one of a kind devotional dealing with addictions mainly to drugs and alcohol abuse that is epidemic in our society. You can get the book through many sites, but the sales aren't booming, comments aren't coming, and so it isn't on the shelves at bookstores...yet, seven months after the introduction. The thing is, put your work in God's hands, let Him deal with the outcome. There have been several tell me the book has made a difference for them. One woman told me it "literally saved her life"....good enough for me.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all.