I heard “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor this morning and one song line stuck out. “You trade your passion for glory.” Bullseye!
I left my career in June 2018 to become a literary pastor for the Lord. I lived that year with intent, pursuing what God called me to do. Write. Life’s Too Short for Dull Razors, Cheap Pens and Worn-Out Underwear was published April 1, 2019 and the first book in the FROG Blog series published May 5.
During that 5 weeks, a team created my first Facebook page and website. Online education ensued. A sharp learning curve grounded me to the computer. Thanks to the “2020 universal “intervention” I practiced bartering service-for-service. This required more screen time.
In 18 months, through this Eye of the Tiger song, I realize I’ve traded my writing passion for glory. Not egocentrically, but in a scope of a production wordsmith. Quotas, deadlines, increased connections wanting faster response time.
I write about God’s teaching, but there’s an underlying restlessness behind my writing that wasn’t present in 2018. A team of creative warriors join me to finish three books in the FROG blog series in 2021.
In May, I’ll return to a figurative boxing arena. Unlike my first books, I will not use mass media to promote Knee Deep, Tadpoles and Poetry Pod. This may sound naïve or unwise to the marketing world. I receive daily pushback and disagreement from literary experts and authors. However, God has guided me with instructions that make perfect sense to Him.
FROG. Fully Rely On God. If I’m not Fully relying on God, I’m trading my personal passions for His glory. That’s a bartering system that is not going to end well in His eyes.
In His eye of the tiger with my heart of a lamb,
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going” (Eccl. 9:10 NKJV).