(I am honored to have my post featuring at Godly Writers today. It’s titled “When Will I Start Making Money from my Blog”. I’d love for you to drop by and check it out. Please share your thoughts at comments too!)
Currently, a popular way of launching books is through online launch teams.
Many authors are taking advantage of this brilliant strategy by reaching out to fellow writers/bloggers and asking for help.
Launching Your Dreams
As the year begins, I believe many people will put together personal “launch teams” of sorts.
After getting our goals together, some of us will ask a friend, mentor, support group, (and if you are Kimanzi, the whole world) to keep you accountable/help you in the goal achievement process.
Personally I think that many will have God in their”launch team”.
We’ll inquire of Him, pray over our desires and goals and commit everything to Him.
But then some of us will soon forget that God is not just part of a launch team.
He’s the one that holds everything together.
He’s the Giver, Launcher and Completer of dreams.
In John 6:35, Jesus declares that He is the “…the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty”
I love Gill’s exposition of this verse (in part)
“Christ the true bread only gives life which is conveyed by the word and made effectual by the spirit and because He supports and maintains the life He gives it is not in the power of the believer to support the spiritual life He has; nor can he live on anything short of Christ (emphasis mine)
Without God, there’s no team, no dream to launch.
A flourishing Christian life, which includes setting goals/forming new habits is not sustained by human effort.
No passion, fervor, determination or support will bring our deepest desires to pass.
Personally, I have this belief that God gives us dreams so that we can watch Him bring them to pass.
We have our part to play of course.
But our role is more more like that of a little child helping his father do some repairs. Without the dad, the child can do nothing. But with the Father, the child can do something. The father is the master builder, the child is a helper.
So often we confuse our roles and begin to see ourselves as the master builders and God as a helper
And so we stop relying, inquiring, depending and trusting Him. And we soon
- lose hope
- find the road insanely impossible
- become depressed
- give up
- get mad at God
You can’t do it alone
Jon Morrow, one of the biggest bloggers in the world wrote a great article recently.
On why most bloggers fail, he says
“It isn’t a lack of talent. It’s not bad luck. It has nothing to do with traffic. The problem is Superman Syndrome.”
(you should read the entire article, “Suicide, Shame, and the Painful Truth about Accomplishing Your Goals”)
As you set goals and create new habits for 2013, as you begin to walk and work them out, keep in mind that
- He is God, you are not
- if He gave you a dream, He will very well bring it to pass
- still, He’s more interested in your character and growth more than your outward success
- He’s a nice Person and He’s not out to get you (He doesn’t tease)
- hard work does not replace faith…and faith does not replace hard work.
Your part in 2013?
Accept His dream and get to work
His part? (as it’s always been)
Give, launch and complete your dream.
Question – In what ways can we show our reliance on God? Any specific steps you can share? Please share your thoughts in Comments.