Monday, May 20, 2013

Creative Best Series: Four


Annette M. Irby
We’re building on our study of Galatians 6:4-5 in the Message Bible. Today let’s consider the third line:

Make a careful exploration of who you are
and the work you have been given
and then sink yourself into that

It’s time to lose yourself in your calling. Once you know what you’re called to do, God gives you permission to lose yourself in that calling. To become immersed. Learn everything you need to learn. Commit to being successful. Put aside things that might hinder your full pursuit.

Pruning.

God has often pruned me—led me to cut back on areas that weren’t profitable in my life. He is determined that my time be used wisely. And He knows if I am stretching my limbs to work on too many things at once I will be moderately helpful in those areas, but never truly over-the-top successful at any one of them. Those seasons are about prioritizing, even at the risk of other people’s disapproval. But when God begins pruning your activities, it’s best to learn how to humbly say no to those asking you to take on more and get back to what’s highest on His priority list for you.

So what can stop you from sinking yourself into your calling?

Doubt. “I thought I knew how to write. Judging by this chapter, I was wrong!”

Accusations. Setting up materials at a book signing with a fellow author who is bestselling and award-winning, thoughts come: “Who do you think you are?”

Fear. Not just fear of failure, but fear of success. There’s comfort in the familiarity of anonymity. What happens if we succeed? Our books become bestsellers and suddenly there is a greater demand on our time? More visibility?

Let go.

God knows your dreams. He called you. He knows what you need. In fact, the closer you’ve gotten to the Lord, the more His aspirations for your life have become your own (Psalm 37:4). Let go of your own hold and let yourself sink into His perfect plan. Let go of control and striving. To turn our analogy a bit, did you know that the best way to float on water is to let go? You go limp, letting your legs rise. If you strive to float, you’ll tighten up and sink. So, to get where you want to go, let go. Give your dreams, your calling, your writing to God. Let Him make of it what He will. Let yourself sink into His plans. Don’t panic. Just relax into God’s purposes.

Give yourself permission to sink into the calling, the work, God has given you. No more excuses. And no more guilt.

Be your creative best!
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Jordan Ambrose is looking for passion. From her husband. And, as Randy Ambrose will tell you-she's great at pushing his buttons. The problem? He's hiding out from intense emotions, like passion. So their love life is lackluster. Well, except for those letters. 

Jordan discovered a box of love letters in her husband's home office closet. Why doesn't he act like the "R" from the letters, so clearly written to "J"? If she can drag him away from his writing desk, they can talk about it. But will Randy stop hiding and love with abandon?




This series first appeared on Seriously Write in 2009.

6 comments:

  1. Very encouraging words, Annette. I loved the analogy of letting go and floating.

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    1. It blesses me that God gives us permission. Like Mom taking us to the lake for a swim on those hot summer days as we were growing up. Sometimes it's about giving *ourselves* permission, without guilt. That's a challenge for me. Write on, Sandy!

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  2. It is so hard to let go, Annette. That urge to "fix things" is so strong. Thank you so much for reminding me of Who's in control.

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    1. Funny how we can forget that. He made us. He called us. Then, we take over. ;) Silly us!!

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  3. Ouch! I struggle with all of the above, especially doubting and saying "no."

    I loved this series, Annette. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Dora! Maybe part of the answer is to recognize the enemy's plan when we doubt or are tempted to say "yes" to tasks. If we can do that, we can respond better. Hopefully. ;) And I'm having a refresher as I re-post this series too. Good reminders for all of us. :D

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