Thursday, December 1, 2011

God Must Love Them More


Do you ever wonder if God actually has favorites?

Intellectually, we know that’s not true. God loves us all the same.

But there are those times… and I’m guessing we all have them … when we wonder why it seems that some people receive more of his favor than others. 

We may even struggle with why people of no faith seem to receive abundant blessings when those who love and serve God barely make ends meet. Where is the justice? It doesn’t feel fair when co-workers or neighbors who are non-believers take trips to Europe, buy new cars, or purchase cabins on the lake when the faithful go without extras so they can tithe back to the Lord. 

In our personal writing journeys, we may have moments when we question why one writer gets a contract after pursuing publication after two years when another has worked hard for ten and continues to receive rejections. Or why one author gets a much larger advance than another.

Our envy … our questioning God’s love for us … robs us of our joy. As we compare our blessings—or what we perceive to be the lack of—we can begin to sound and feel like whiners. We look like children complaining, “Dad loves you more.” 

Instead of looking at all we’ve been given, we focus on what we don’t have. But as a Psalm states, that can change. “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11 NIV).

The reasons behind why some are blessed more than others may never be explained in this lifetime. We may have to wait years to get that coveted publishing contract, great reviews, and large advances while friends seem to keep moving ahead of us down the road. 

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV 

Our job is to trust God’s love for us … his timing and knowledge of what is best for us … and wait, patiently.

Listen to the song “While I’m Waiting” by John Waller and enjoy …

~ Dawn


10 comments:

  1. What an awesome post and link, Dawn.

    Waiting...one of the top five qualities that a writer must develop. The waiting doesn't end, even after a contract.

    Thanks for sharing. Enjoy a Son-filled Christmas season!

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  2. Great post, Dawn! That song has ministered to me time and again on this longggg journey. :) Still does. Hugs!

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  3. Wow! I really needed this today, Dawn, and it sounds like other did, too. What an inspired post. You're right, anytime we question God, we're taking Him out of control of our lives and that can only lead to disaster.

    Thanks for being a blessing.

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  4. Thanks for this wonderful blog post today! I love the picture. It's always been one of my favourites. And I just love those trees!

    Yeah, its deep stuff. Each writer has a different journey with God.

    I feel for each and every writer and keep them all in my prayers.

    I've been doing this writing stuff since I was a teen. I'm now fifty seven. I know I shall be writing until the day I die. Just having the gift of the writing process is also a blessed state!

    Quite a journey us writers are all on-eh? Oh how it enriches the soul- oh how!


    I'm beginning to feel those rays of light right about now:)

    Check out my blog today. I gave Pamela Meyers novel; Thyme for love, a shout out, among other authors. I also mentioned the review from Angie Arndt. My blog post is all about deep POV

    Have a great week!

    http://jacquelinehowett.blogspot.com/2011/11/im-back-pondering-deeply-deep-pov.html

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  5. Dora,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the article. You're right ... waiting will always be a part of our writing journey, no matter where we're situated on the path.

    May you have a blessed Christmas too! :-D

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  6. This is an excellent post. Everyone's journey is different.

    I love that song! The first time I heard it was in the movie Fireproof.

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  7. Good morning, Annette! I love this song too! At times it's been my prayer as I sing/listen to it.

    A fellow worship leader at church - a professional musician outside of church - said that often she gets so focused on the "music" that she doesn't also listen to the words of songs. But she was also ministered to by these words. :-D

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  8. Hi Angie! I'm glad this post was helpful. I needed to write it for myself. We often write out of our own experiences, eh? ;-)

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  9. Jacqueline, thanks for stopping by today! Wouldn't it be great if we could just remember that God's plan is uniquely designed for each one of us? It's so easy some days to forget that truth. :-D

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  10. Hi Loree! The first time I heard the song it was also while watching the movie Fireproof. Then we sang it at the ACFW conference a few years ago, and as a vocalist on a contemporary worship team, I took it back to my team. It's now one of our favorites. :-D

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