Monday, January 12, 2015

Purpose or Pain





I believe there are bullet points in our lives where we are given eternal choices to make beyond salvation.

Today I read a blog post about a woman who was sharing her journey about going home to heaven. She doesn't have much time left to live but she's chosen to live each day fully.

She has purpose in the days numbering her life. She is sharing her faith.

My purpose is the same as hers.  

Share what Jesus has done for me.

As an inspirational writer, I have a limitless opportunity. I don't always do the in-your-face kind of sharing but I try to point my reader toward God.  Sometimes I'm more successful than other times. Sometimes I'm bolder.

But I remember when I made that choice to  write inspirational or secular fiction. I wanted to sell books and I wanted  to get an agent. I figured the secular market was bigger with more opportunity so I  wrote a romance.

I agonized over that romance. Then I read a Christian book by an author I admired. I wept.

I also changed my choice.

Purpose in our lives is simple. We share about Jesus. We point as many people toward heaven as we can. Plain and simple. No more pain. No more worries. No more frustration.

Perhaps this post is not my norm but that's okay. I'm not so normal either.







9 comments:

Lynn said...

Your perfectly 'normal' just a you are, as God made you! Thank you for following God's direction for you and sharing your love of Him through the gifts He has blessed you with. And I am blessed by Him working through you!

Lily Robinson said...

Thanks for the smack. Really. That is been the thought that consumes me every time I think about my WIW. (It's really a work in waiting...)I have a story to tell, and it isn't pretty. I've struggled to figure out how to honor God with it, or whether to leave it as secular.

If my character turns to God, and the book serves as witness to the change, it would really be more like my story! I guess, somewhere inside I've already made that decision...

Anonymous said...

I believe God gives us different talents (and measures of them) so that we have something to give back to Him. And what gift does He really want? To use that talent to glorify Him...to lead others to an understanding of his great love for us and the salvation opportunity afforded to us through Christ. ~Shirley J.

Lin Floyd said...

glad there are those who write about faith...I write about self improvements helps which includes a creatpr who loves us...

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I share a great deal of myself in every book I write, it's impossible not to as the spiritual side of me is a big part of who I am. I've had reviewers criticize my books as a result but I'm not going to change.

Lynda R Young said...

It doesn't always have to be in-your-face type sharing and we won't always know how much we've made a difference to someone. God has given each of us different gifts. And it's God who works through us...and what an honor! All we have to do is allow it.
I love this post. Thanks for the reminder.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Good for you, Terri. You've made an eternal choice that God will honor.

I like you just the way you are!

Sally Chambers said...

You wrote: "I don't always do the in-your-face kind of sharing but I try to point my reader toward God." I love that you write like this. It's my constant goal too. Excellent post, Terri. Thanks!

Deborah said...

Amen! As believers we all have that same purpose. How we share may not always look the same, but God has given us each gifts to be used for his glory.