Choices usually come with sacrifice

 

Fork_in_the_road_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1355424We all have choices to make, big and small, every day. Some are harder than others. And many affect others. I had to choose recently to either accept a faculty position at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference this past week and miss going to my annual family reunion or vice versa. It wasn’t easy…my dad has been suffering with cancer and we’re just not sure what the future holds. But I prayed about it, and felt I couldn’t ignore my commitment to be of service to other Christian writers – and further God’s word by getting out the books I write, which are contemporary novels based on Old Testament stories in the Bible. Which choice would be more self serving? Which less? Finally, I prayed, which choice served God more? It wasn’t about me feeling guilty or sad about choosing one or another. Usually with the really tough choices we have to sacrifice our feelings, our desires. I talked to my dad yesterday on the drive back home from Kentucky and he told me he had a good time at the reunion and felt great, and said next year it will be even better because it would be the 20th annual!  Then he asked how my conference and subsequent book signing went and I told him great, smiling through my tears. Sure I missed him and the aunts, cousins and kids. Was I doing the Lord’s work? I sure hope so. “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross the other side of the lake.  Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, ‘Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.’ Another disciple said to him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’ (Matt 8:21-22) and Jesus also said, ”Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.’ (Matt 10:37-38) I believe Jesus isn’t saying don’t love your father and mother (of course He’s not, that’s in the Ten Commandments) or take the time to bury them…but saying sometimes you have to put yourself and them aside, no matter the cost, to follow Him. I pray for the guidance to make the right choices and take the right roads to follow Jesus, wherever they lead and whatever sacrifices await.

 

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5 responses to “Choices usually come with sacrifice

  1. I have to say I was blessed by your decision to come to KCWC. I’m sorry it was difficult, but you brought such a sweet spirit to the conference. You helped me feel like I belonged, like I was part of the community, even though I couldn’t take your class this year. With much gratitude, I thank you for choosing the road that served our Lord.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Michele. I can identify. I’ve been watching for your conference registration. We’ve got two continuing sessions that I think you’d find very helpful, “The Story Equation” with Rachel Hauck or “Convertng Your Passion to a Platform” with Megan Breedlove and Harold Arnold. And we’ve got a great track of marketing workshops. Hope to see you there.

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    • Hi Marlene, I’m so sorry I somehow missed your comment, thanks so much for reading my blog and responding! While I loved coming to the GPCWC for two years, as you probably realize I’m trying to move into the realm of speaking and actually conducting a workshop for your conference. If there is anything I can do or send to fill a need at next year’s conference, please let me know, I would greatly welcome the opportunity! I am getting plenty of “practice” and just spoke to the Main Line Writers Group last week in addition to the KY and Lancaster Christian Writers Conferences and have another lined up this coming March. I hope to one day join you as a faculty member! Meanwhile, I can’t make this year’s conference now but again, will look forward to next year and will keep you and all of the conference attendees in my prayers!

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  3. Lorena J

    Hey Michele–I loved this article. I am glad you made the choice to put your work with God first. I have been following the leading of the Holy Spirit for 5 years now, and their have been sacrifices…but I count it all as rubbish compared to the awesomeness of the One who Leads and the Glory revealed. I am sure there are many who benefited from your presence at the conference and were encouraged. Sending you a hugg and much love, Lorena

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