It’s silly really. I haven’t written a best seller. I don’t daily receive requests as a speaker.
While I’ve won some friends and influenced some people, I’m mostly a mom. A wife. A lover of Jesus and Jerry.
A writer with little renown.
But I worry sometimes. About being successful. Receiving attention. Wanting a bigger career.
My Benew Journey today isn’t about lugging around extra on the outside. It’s about inside weight loss, learning to let go of the stuff that bogs down my heart instead of my feet.
Lately the heaviness I’ve worked through has been a fear of myself and a twisted perspective on making sure God gets glory not me. (Like He needs my help. Ha!)
These questions surface, in part, because I will find out in a few days whether or not my first traditionally published story will win an award. And I don’t want to care whether or not I win.
But of course I do.
The big announcement won’t be a quiet email. Winners are applauded at a fancy gala where I’ll be making a fashion statement in my friend Megan’s dress.
Excitement. Bling. Bright lights.
One of those affairs where if I win I’ll pray I don’t trip over my own feet as I climb the stairs to the stage and give an acceptance speech in front of *gasp* peers, agents, and editors.
The thing is, though my hands will likely tremble and my mouth will surely get dry if I win and have to stand up in front of that crowd, I want to give that speech.
Is that self-serving?
Isn’t my life goal supposed to be about His glory, not mine?
I’ve looked inward at motives, upward to ask God’s perspective, and outward, processing with my hubby and friends. Jerry helped me think through it, then at prayer group my friend Deb said something that finally got truth from my head to my heart. Relief, followed by joy, whooshed through me.
Deb’s words were something like, “If God is glorified through His people, doesn’t that mean you share in the glory?”
A gorgeous moon flashed into my my memory, big and glorious next to a Utah highway. The bright white orb had no energy of its own, but it reflected the light of the sun. As we drove beneath it, awed, I thought that’s how I should be, a beautiful reflection of the One who gave light.
With Deb’s words, with this moon memory, came sudden freedom. Freedom to light up with the joy of reflecting my Creator. Freedom to celebrate every good thing that comes my way, even if it includes winning or attention or applause.
Because every good thing I am, every good thing I’ve done is not of my own accord, but a gift of the Creator. Yes, I worked hard. Persevered. Learned. But He brought the teachers, the growth, the increase, the book contract, the recognition.
If I win, the glory is still HIS, just shining in my smile, too.
If I get attention, and I am His kid, He gets attention, too.
So if “You’re a Charmer, Mr. Grinch,” wins a Carol Award, I’m going to grin real big without any self-consciousness.
That big ole smile will just be light, a little piece of HIS glory shining through me, reflecting His joy.
(And if the book doesn’t take first place, I’ll smile anyway.)
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Paula, I for one, really hope you win simply because I know you’ll use it to draw attention to Him Who made all things. 🙂
Thank you, Wendi. What beautiful encouragement you just gave me.
You’re welcome. 🙂
I’m proud to be your friend, and I’m so proud of all you’ve done!
I’m proud, honored, and blessed to be yours! Hugs!
What a great perspective! I’m cheering for you and hoping your name will be called at the gala! :0)
I heard they’re going to stream the awards ceremony. Might be fun to watch hoping one of our Colorado gals wins–we have three from our state up for awards.
Lovely Paula, you just never miss the beat. Awesome writer in my book.
Ah, Rosemary. Thank you, dear lady!
There is an old 1960’s song called – Happy to be the Moon… Shine on friend – reflect all that he has given you!
Not a great video but that little song is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNQnfxGjuX0
Oh my goodness! Finally had time to listen to this. This is delightful – fun – and so full of truth!!
I hope your story wins 🙂 either way have a lovely evening
Thank you, Marie! Appreciate you!