3 Obstacles That Everyone Faces
Ever notice how there’s usually one thing in a sermon that really sticks out to you, that kind of jumps out and slaps you right in the forehead and says, “Hey, this one’s for you, dumb-dumb. Pay attention.” Often it’s something simple and obvious but something you’ve somehow missed until that point.
This past Sunday it happened to me. And I think that handprint is still on my forehead.
Here it is, 3 obstacles that keep us from following God, that keep us from obeying Him and fulfilling the calling He has for us:
For me, I applied them to my writing. Here’s how I combat all three:
Compromise. I will never, ever, waver on my stand as a Christian author. I’m a Christian first, it’s what defines all I do and why I do it. Then I’m an author. For me, the emphasis is always on Christian. When I begin writing a story I know the message I want to convey through the story and I won’t stray from that. I won’t compromise my convictions for more sales or better reviews. I won’t change who I am to fit somebody else’s idea of what an author should be like or what I should write. I write with my heart on my sleeve and I hope it shows, and my heart is to reach people, both Christian and non-Christian through stories that challenge, convict, encourage, and inspire.
Inconsistency. I write every story like it’s the last one I’ll ever pen so every one gets 100% of me. And I give 100% because, ultimately, I write for an audience of one. Enough said.
Indifference. Is it tempting to slog through and get a story done just for the sake of getting it done? You bet it is. Writing a novel is a long, wearying process and one that takes determination and perseverance. I won’t give up. I can’t. Too much rides on each story. I don’t take for granted the opportunity I’ve been given and never, not even for one second, think I’m somehow entitled to it. I also know it can be taken away from me at any time. That keeps me going, keeps me revved up. I also realize the importance of what I do. I’ve said this before . . . I see what I do as God handing me a megaphone and saying, “Okay, pal, I’m giving you the chance to talk to thousands. What are you going to say?” That’s heavy stuff. If I get indifferent, shame on me.
Now, apply the 3 obstacles to your own life, your own calling. How will you combat them?