In one of the most famous verses of the Bible, John 3:16, God says he loves us–each of us–enough to send his Son, Jesus, to earth to die for our sins. It’s so famous that we even saw it printed on items in the Forever 21 store in Tokyo a few years back!
The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “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).
This can be a comforting verse for people in transition, like high school and college graduates, but if we really take both verses together, and take them both to heart, to me they spell out one thing: I don’t need to worry about anyone else–how fast their books seem to get published compared to mine, how many books they write in a year (or in a career), how important their agent or publishing company is, or anything else that us writer types tend to worry about.
All I need to concern myself with is that God, creator of the universe, loves little ol’ me so much that he came to earth to die for me.
All I need to concern myself with is that He still LIVES, and He has a PLAN for little ol’ me–a plan that I couldn’t piece together more perfectly if I spent all my time trying.
All I need to concern myself with (to borrow a phrase from Operation Nightwatch’s Rick Reynolds) is to pray that I may discern His will for my very next step, and then pray for the strength to do it.
If the way seems murky or slow or not what I want, I simply need to trust this One who loves me so much.
I’m so glad–all I need to be is ME.
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For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather!
On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc.
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