Two days ago, a Christian publisher contacted me about signing my YA novel, The Fisherman’s Daughter, with their company. My heart leaped for joy but, just as quickly, sunk with trepidation. A week prior, I had read bits and pieces of my first novel with hopes of reviving it from the dust. After my brief, incredibly analytical survey, I determined it wasn’t good enough to send out into the world.
Nonetheless, my excitement at the publisher’s interest clouded my judgment for a brief period. During that hour, the publisher and I set up a phone call. After considerable thought, I was prepared to let her know that my book wasn’t good enough and that I didn’t want people reading it.
Much to my delight, and surprise, she told me my work had been chosen for a couple of reasons. Reasons being, it was fresh, good material with convincing characters and twists. She let me know that they wanted to work with me to polish my humble piece of art and make it really shine.
Point being, our feelings aren’t always indicative of reality. Just because I thought the book wasn’t good enough to be published, does not mean it wasn’t. Just because you feel like you will never succeed does not mean it’s true. When your mind tells you that you won’t overcome temptation, disregard the thought. He has not given us more temptation than we can bear. Just because your family seems impossible does not mean God will not give you the grace to overcome the pain of a broken world.
When you find yourself staring at something that intimidates you or makes you feel inadequate, remember: you have been made by the hand of a majesty, powerful, God. That same God wants to see you excel in the gifts He has placed in you. He wants you to be in a relationship with Him, the kind of relationship that brings life, joy and peace to a hurting world. He wants you to thrive and has given you the tools to do so.
Run to Him, lean on Him when you feel weak and inadequate. He’ll never disappoint you when you run after Him with all of your heart.