Does it ever drive you nuts?
Sometimes the new year doesn’t seem so happy. It prompts me towards so much introspection I dread it. Whenever the new year is upon us, it makes us look at our goals, and wonder, “did I meet them? Am I where I want to be?”
There is often not a time that I want to give up as much as when the new year hits.
And so today I’m here to tell you: don’t look at your goals. It’s okay to re-evaluate. And it’s okay to start fresh. You don’t need to feel like a failure if 2013 didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to.
I put in 12 years of hard work before my ministry really took off. I second guessed myself so many times. I thought about throwing in the towel, but never really felt God releasing me. And then two years ago it was as if everything clicked, and my writing, my blogging, and my speaking has been soaring.
But if you had talked to me on any New Year in 2004, or 2006, or 2008, I would not have been so happy. I would have expressed a lot of doubt. Is this where I’m supposed to be?
One thing I really appreciated about Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, is how he said success is usually not due to chance. It’s due to practice. And it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, a proficient, a “natural”. It definitely took that for me, and it will likely take that for you, too. We look at the Beth Moores and the Lysa Terkheursts and the “big names” in Christian speaking and writing and forget that they likely toiled for years before anyone knew their names.
If God has given you a passion, and if God has called you to something, then don’t quit just because it’s taking a while to arrive there. Yes, wrestle with your calling. Yes, ask for it to be confirmed by a friend, or by mentors, or by pastors. Yes, ask for people to pray with you. But unless you feel a “releasing”, keep going.
Personally, I haven’t updated this blog very much recently because I’ve been so busy with my main blog, To Love, Honor and Vacuum, and with my writing and speaking. I have two (yes, TWO!) books due by June 30. And I have a big blog to keep going. But I do want to stay helpful to those of you who are just starting out. I would have LOVED to have had some help when I was starting.
One of my gifts at Christmas was a camera that takes great video, and I’m hoping to start some “vlogs” where I talk into the camera and help you all. If I have time, I hope to get to that soon.
But I’m also wondering what you want me to talk about. One idea I had was to talk more upfront about money. Any of you wonder how much you can make at this, or what to expect? I find that we often are embarrassed to talk money (although it’s never bothered me), but then if you’re starting in a field you have no idea what to expect. If anyone wants anything more practical, let me know.
Or do you want more spiritual, like how do you wrestle through your calling?
Let me know in the comments, and I’ll try to find time to write and encourage you!
Happy New Year!