This week marks a turning point in my life: After 2 1/2 years of writing my book, I am ready to release it. Twenty-eight months of brainstorming, outlining, musing, phrasing, rephrasing, receiving feedback, rewriting the whole thing twice, and working with my tireless and godly publishing team (NCC Publishers)—AND I AM DONE. done.
Today I move from crafting to offering.
The business term for this next step is “marketing.” According to Wikepedia, marketing is “the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.” As I prepare to launch my book, I embrace the first half of this definition, but I cringe at the second half. I welcome the opportunity to convey what I believe is the value of what God has given me to write. But what drove me to devote myself to this endeavor was not the idea of making a profit. Rather, it was this constant prayer: Lord, use this book to encourage worship leaders and teams to persevere with a good heart so that their churches will be blessed.”
So now I am offering this completed book to my Shepherd whose voice prompted me to pick up my pen that very first day and whose hand guided my pen every day after. On the cusp of this handing-over, my heart fights against the “what-ifs”:
- What if the book is not received well?
- What if my motives are misconstrued?
- What if my motives become tainted?
- What if this part of the process demands more sacrifice than the writing itself?
- What if the sacrifice of this offering is not worth it?
Yet, even as these rogue thoughts ramble into my brain, I remember that I am to “commit my way to the Lord, trust Him, and know that He will do it” (Psalm 37:5). I will myself to boldly pray, “Lord, I trust You with this offering, even though (in the lyrics of Tim Timmons) it’s dangerous even to pray this. I reaffirm that no sacrifice is too great for Your kingdom.”
And, finally, I place this small offering on the altar and leave it in His hands.
The meaning of an offering
What does it mean to offer something to someone else? It means we relinquish our claim on it; we attach no strings to it. It is the Receiver’s to do with as He wills.
Why would we take something that has cost us a good deal of toil and tears and simply hand it over with no reservations to someone else? I’ll tell you why I’m doing it: to see the joy in my Father’s eyes. My friend Laura describes it like this: Our offerings are like a child who paints a picture of a pony, and though no one else can decipher it, the child’s parent delights in it and treasures it, giving it prominence on the kitchen refrigerator.
Well, Father, here’s my offering, this book called The One Voice That Matters. You can tape it to the frig, or You can tuck it in a drawer. I don’t care, because I just want to make You happy.
Who will He bless with our offerings?
We never know how God will use our offerings. As I think of this book, I wonder: Is this offering meant to bless you? Is it meant to bless someone you know? If you think it might be one of those two things, you can find out more about it on my website here. The book will be ready for purchase in a few days. You can sign up for notification of its release here.
What’s your offering?
I don’t want to end this blog all about my offering. It would encourage me (and the other readers of this blog) so much if you would share about anything your Father has put in your heart to offer Him. Whether it’s just a seed thought, or a work in progress, or a finished product. Would you be willing to bless us by sharing (commenting) below)?