The question I get asked the most when I tell people that I write is, “What is your book about?”
From Our Fall is a 2-part book (only about 150 – 175 pages) about what happened in the Genesis 3 Fall of Man (part 1) and what we can do about it (part 2). The main focus is on feeling 4 types of separation anxiety today and then finding a way to a lasting unified peace.
The next question goes something like this, “How do you do that?” It took me a while to understand what they are really asking. Normally, I would answer about the mechanics of social media management, email listing, writing, waking up early every weekday to write. The stuff that would answer, quite literally, how one would write, market, and sell a book.
But that’s not what they were asking.
They were asking, “what kind of faith does it take for someone who shouldn’t be writing books, but diagnosing patients or making sure those healthcare providers have the funds to do just that? What kind of faith does it take to walk with God and think about God and write about God? What kind of faith wakes you up at 5:30 AM to eke out a few hundred words (editing or writing) before you are off to your real job of parenting? How does faith make someone like me do something like this? What hope do I have to succeed? Aren’t you worried? (That last one is from my wife, and is for next week’s article)
The hope I have is the same as anyone else. We get up to go to work and live our lives. I am not anyone special. The prophets of the Old Testament might have received miraculous calls, but mine wasn’t so wonderful. If anything, I stumbled into it by failing at everything else. My calling to write humbles me. I wasn’t supposed to do this and no one has ever told me that I would be any good at it. My wife works with words professionally, and she frequently exclaims her disbelief that I am the one writing the book betwixt the two of us. Perhaps the only thing that makes me different is that I actually responded, and I am just too stubborn to not give it my all.
Stubbornness and Pride
I always believed I could do anything and here I am soon to be published in a field that I didn’t receive academic accolades. That’s pride and stubbornness. I refuse to believe that God can fail, and I refuse to believe that God can’t win even with a weirdo like me. God can do anything he wants with whom he wants as long as that person responds. Maybe the difference is that I use my arrogance to my advantage. I only know how to boast in God and I am arrogant enough to do so. That’s my niche: arrogant enough to talk to and write about God because God is so awesome.
Maybe God built us with pride not so we could uplift ourselves, but so that we can uplift God. What kind of faith? A foolish, stubborn, arrogant and prideful one that simply refuses to contain God to anything less than the majesty of the Creator. God is My Lord, My Friend, and one day My Family. How can I give up on my family?
We are all broken and messed up with weird quirks and shames and heartaches. Family loves you anyways. God refuses to be family without us.
So what kind of faith do you have?
Let me know in the comments.
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