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“Most people have a book in them.” – Max Lucado
Most people don’t succeed in ever finishing that book. Then those who write that book have to survive through publication. The publishing process is easier than ever. However, there are endless amounts of excellent stories many of them see time in the local paper or even a magazine article. Reporters are excellent at teasing out the best stories. Many stories get reported, but some will only ever live in long from writing. Then the ones with the most drive behind them get published in a book. You have a story in you. It is definitely worth sharing, and writing it out is an easy way to tell your story to yourself before telling it to anyone else.
To survive the publishing process, it is not a matter of talent but motivation. There are so many little details to get bogged down in and in our day and age those details matter. That’s where the devil lives though. He wants to bog you down in the details of publishing. Satan tests your conviction with those seemingly inane things. Everything matters, but we have to push through making decision after decision. Too often we want to see the project as a whole and just be done with it or give up on it. God meets us in the details.
God meets us in the details
Ever think it was odd that Jesus would have us pray for our daily bread? Why not lifetime supplies of bread? Why not a life of luxury?
God wants us to have a daily relationship. Don’t you want to see your spouse or best friend every day? God wants to see us every day. If the devil is in the details so is God. The question becomes are you willing to meet God in the details. Are you willing to trust that God has something for you in the details of something like publishing? Does God care about the color scheme of a cover or layout design? Yes because that is where we get to engage Him. You see the devil is really just trying to keep us from the details. The Devil doesn’t want us engaged. After we engage we realize how much we have to leave in the care of God. Faith springs forth from the details after we engage, not before. Not engaging in the details is lazy and is a refusal to engage with God.
I am excited to engage with the details with my book. My book has left editing and is now in the design stage. I have left the tiny details of the comma. I have moved onto the tiny details of the correct wording on the back cover, the flap or the about the author section. Each word needs time and attention from me to make sure it fits the message. Here is an early view of the introduction.
What are the details you neglect? When you get there do you see God or are you always blinded by the devil? Sometimes when we enter into a room and flip on the light our eyes have to adjust. Are you giving your eyes enough time to adjust to God’s light in the details or are you settling for the dark devil?
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