“You can’t let other people tell you who you are. You have to decide that for yourself.”
What a great quote! (not sure who originally said this!)…as you can tell I have been looking at my inspirational quotes app again.
Today one of my fellow bloggers wrote me about what she was reading…in our conversation I said I had started to write a Christian romance novel. Unfortunately I had set it aside just because other people had been negative in their reviews. I had joined a fiction writers group who wrote very dark storylines. When it was time for them to read mine they did not like the storyline…too sappy.
Well, yeah! That was the point. I had received positive reviews in the past, but I allowed a group of strangers to discourage me. Why? Why did I allow others to bring me down and to take my dreams away?
Why did I give them the power?
Well NO MORE!
Over the past several years I have started writing two devotional books, one mystery novel and the Christian romance novel mentioned above. The key word in that sentence is STARTED. I stand (actually I am sitting) before you and commit to finishing at least one of these projects this year. By December 31, 2012 – one of these will be completed. Which? I don’t know.
I am going to prayerfully ask God for direction…and then move forward. I am not going to let someone else determine who I am or what I am. This day forward, I am a committed Christian author…no more excuses.
What dreams have you allowed someone else to crush? Who is defining who you are?
Who is defining me? I am…with Christ’s direction. God does not want me or you to be sitting on the sideline. Get up and let your dream take shape.
As I grow older I understand why Philippians 4:13 was my mother’s favorite Scripture.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”