Are You Real or Fictional?

 

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Philippians 2:13

 

My sweet daughter came home from Writing Day Camp last summer bursting with news. “I met a real author today!” she exclaimed.

My husband and I exchanged a smiling look over her head. Then she added, “And I met one at school last year, so that makes two real authors.”

“Wow!” my husband said, matching her tone. “And, you live with one!”

She blushed. “Oh, yeah, but…”

But.

I struggle with feeling like a “real” author. Even after being accepted by a traditional publishing company. Even after holding the first copy of Organizing You in my hands… and then Building Your House. Even after flying 900 miles to speak and sign books in Texas, my heart was whispering:

I’m a work of fiction. I don’t deserve this. I’m wasting their money! They should have brought in a real author.

 

Maybe you’ve felt the same way in another area in your life. Maybe you’ve felt the call to take on a ministry, but now you’re struggling to fill your role. Or perhaps you feel like a poser in your job, comparing yourself to coworkers or competitors who “really know what they’re doing.” Or maybe you feel like you’re just pretending to know what you’re doing as a mom—but the gal next door has it all figured out.

This is what I’ve realized: that kind of thinking dishonors God.

 

Recently I received a long email from a gal who read Organizing You. Here are a few things of the she said:

Your book was exactly what I needed exactly when I needed it.

I’ve felt so overwhelmed almost everyday…with so much anxiety over getting everything done that I began to feel resentful. Reading your book and starting to put some of the ideas in action has helped me tremendously.  I have started looking at my role as mom as more of a vocation. I feel like I have a higher purpose now.

Any number of organizational books could have helped me with the time management aspect but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing your unique book. I just truly believe God put your book in my hands.

 

You know what? That sounds real to me.  God is doing real work, and I should honor it in my heart.

When I blush and think I’m not a real author, I’m failing to acknowledge the work God’s doing in me and through me. Whether or not it sounds conceited or proud to write this in a blog post, I will profess it: Women are reading and loving my books. God is touching people through my efforts. I am a Real Author.

You are Real, too.

God placed you where you are. He’s doing His work in you and through you. The results may not be tangible, but Heaven’s work is happening, because of you. You are Non-fiction.

 

Lies to Fight: I’m not the best person for this job. God should have called someone else. The people around me know what they’re doing; I’m just a poser.

Thought Shot:

 I am called, God is with me,

and He makes me a Real [fill in your role here].

 

Today, what’s your real role to play in God’s great work?

 

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5

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