Book Launching and Big Bend
I'd heard that launching a book was hard.
It's an interesting sensation to send out a project that I've worked on for years, that I've wrestled with for many more years, and to have very little control over what happens.
I built a launch team, I scheduled tweets and Instagram posts, I wrote articles promoting the book - and then I let it go.
I'm so thankful for the encouragement, the reviews, and the messages that this book helped me think differently about what it means to serve God. Initially it was written for one person. If it has helped one person, I'm grateful. I believe in this small book, and I believe that God will use it in ways that I can't see or imagine, just as he used my time overseas.
The launch itself was rather anticlimactic. No trumpets blared. It didn't make any bestseller lists. It wasn't trending on Twitter. It was a small launch, one of many books launched on that day.
But God is a God of small things. "Success" for God may be that one person who reads the book and finally thinks, I didn't fail in serving God. God is doing bigger things than I can see.
After the launch I've been wondering: what's next? What else do I want to write about? Where do I go from here?
The weekend after I was able to spend a few days in Big Bend National Park. Amidst the stillness of the expansive sky, the deer circling our campsite, and the quiet that comes when you have no cell phone battery or reception, I found myself thinking about the verses where Jesus talks about God's love for the birds and the lilies of the field.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:25-30
God loves the small things. My worth isn't dependent on awards, recognition, or sales numbers. Our selves and our work are significant to God, and that's what gives them their value.
God's love isn't dependent on size or beauty or impact or numbers. God loves us, just as we are. You are enough.