Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
This is a total praise to God! If you ever thought something was completely impossible, I’m here to tell you that God can make it possible. I thought it was impossible to have a book signing at LifeWay. My name isn’t known. I haven’t sold millions of books. I haven’t made the New York’s Best Seller list. I didn’t think that I had enough to offer to even do a book signing at LifeWay. But God knows my heart. He knows why I write. He knows how best to advance His kingdom purpose through this gift that He has given me.
I don’t write to become known. I don’t write for money. I don’t write for the fame. I have no dreams of a big book signing tour or a limo showing up at my door to pick me up for that tour. I write because I love Jesus. I write because it’s my way of expressing all that God has laid on my heart. It’s my small way of giving back to God all that He has given me. I write because just maybe I can reach one. One person who has not known the love of God like I’ve known it. Maybe I can disciple just one person and encourage someone in their walk with the Lord. I write to advance who God is.
Many times I have asked God to take this writing ability away if it ever stops glorifying Him. I never want to write to advance my personal purposes. I want to advance who God is. I want to lift the name of Jesus high. I want to make known all that my Savior has done for me. I want to write to bring freedom to the captives, liberation to bound souls, and joy to the sorrowful. I want to write to equip and encourage those who are running this same race that I’m running.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)
I pray with all of my heart that these books will reach thousands. I pray that they will be used as tools to advance God’s purpose. I pray that each book can be a tool of discipleship. I pray that I can always keep my eyes on Jesus and that I can serve Him with all my life. My heart is yours Lord, please continue your work in me and help me to only do what brings you honor and glory!
Forever after the Lord’s Heart,