Without a true burial
a seed cannot be sown
and no fruit will follow
for it remains alone.
I tell you the truth,
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains only a single seed.
But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
John 12:24 NIV
Not only is it better to spend one day with the Lord than thousands elsewhere, it’s better to do one thing for God than a thousand things for the applause of the world. This can apply to so many goals in life; but, because I’m a writer, I’ll apply this thought to books.
Recently I strolled along a local beach on a July evening with my camera poised to photograph birds. But the birds didn’t show up—except for one.
I sat on a large smooth boulder that had been warmed by the afternoon sun as I made the best of what nature had to offer me; I snapped a bunch of shots of the one bird.
Salty sea air as delicious as the view cooled my face and neck as I pondered what project God wanted me to focus on first.
If only one book turns out good enough to publish, it will be good if it’s the one book God wants others to read.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
Psalms 85:10 NIV
But when I thought about the one book I’ve had the most passion to write, my heart shivered and shrunk at the sacrifice to my pride it would require for me to allow anyone to read it—never mind publish it. I’d feel like I was posted on Facebook, clad in—eek—my underwear.
And that’s when I remembered a King who did just that (except for the Facebook part). His one starring role on earth led Him to the most humiliating circumstances all the way to the cross. Yes, He could have said no. But He would have been saying no to my salvation, your salvation and the salvation of for-God-so-loved-the-WORLD.
Yeah, maybe I can finish editing my memoir. Maybe my story will lead someone to the same King who saved my wretched soul. It’s better to write one book with God than a thousand novels without Him.
Praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ…
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
When I mentioned to my husband I was embarrassed to share my recovery story in all of its gory glory, he said, “It’s not your book.”
I turned to him. “You’re saying its God’s?”
He nodded. “It’s God’s story.”
And you know, I can’t argue with that logic. It’s not about me. It’s about the One: Jesus.
Better is one book in God’s Library than thousands elsewhere.
Blessings of God’s Story ~ Wendy
Have you got a story God’s been nudging you to share with someone?
Here’s a link to an encouraging podcast for writers. In this episode I was honored to have a quote of mine read aloud. It’s along the same lines as this post—enjoy: