I've just returned from my first blogging and writing conference. I went hoping to learn how to be more effective and returned with my focus more firmly settled on the "BE," rather than the "EFFECTIVE."
Pursuing any dream is a bit of a paradox--a dichotomy of ideas that wars within your soul until you reconcile and understand the tension. You know what I'm talking about...you have a dream, a longing, a desire for more. As a writer/blogger here are my personal paradoxes:
These are some of the juxtaposed thoughts that swarmed around my head as I gathered with the room full of Christian writers, mothers, story-tellers--all 400 of them--who came seeking to grow in using their voice...their words...their platform. I dare say each of us left with more than we expected--not necessarily from what was offered in a session, a resource table, or a keynote (though all were insightful and rich)--but from the impact of experiencing the written word as living souls. Souls who become friends and community.
Should it surprise us that it is a paradox? That the deepest well or the purest stream of water must still be drawn one handful, one bucket at a time? Something as free and fast as water is delivered through small and simple vessels. The paradox is this:
God provides the limitless resources and enablings of His work and ministry; we simply catch it and offer it in our simple, broken pots of redeemed lives.
Therein lies the tension, again:
...and so it could be said of pursuing your dreams, the longings of your heart, and the crossroads of CALLING and ENABLING;
There is not how-to for success, no formula for effectiveness, no stamp of approval, there is but ONE ambition--to find Him more worthy, more beautiful than any dream, any longing, any desire for more.
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." -Matthew 6:33
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