No More Failure… It All Matters

by Michelle Acker on April 3, 2013

in Thought Provoking

Dear Reader: Thanks for being you, for being here, and for inspiring me.

This one’s for YOU.  

There are posts that I write and spend hours on. I know. I bet you’re thinking…. “Hours? How does she spend hours writing such short posts?” LOL. Well, sometimes I do. I spend so much time jotting notes for an idea, writing it out, refining and editing. And then I’m so inspired by it that I want to add a terrific graphic for y’all. I want to add a Pin it button, or a Tweet this thing-y. (Bonus points if you’re a regular who realizes I’ve NEvEr had a pin it button or tweet it thingy.) But I’ve delayed posts for weeks because I WANT to add one first. Yeah. I’m that kind of crazy.

And you know what? Those are the posts where almost no one comments. Or the comments are the kind and gracious “thanks for hosting” kind. (Which are fantastic and sweet and treasured all the same by the way.) But no actual feedback on the post (and that’s OKAY. I”m not begging for more comments, I promise I have a different point if y’all will just bear with me…)

Then there are the posts where I’m flat out exhausted. It’s been a long week of crazy extra stuff at work, like coordinating a Community Service Day for 150 people doing 25 projects for 5 different charities around town. The kind of week when the kids are cranky, husband is working extra long hours and is exhausted himself, dishes are piled high in the sink, and laundry is frantically tossed in the washer so we have something to wear in the morning (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!). Bone-tired. Weary to the core. And then I realize it’s 8:55pm and I don’t have a post scheduled for TPT tomorrow. Sigh. Again.

And as I sit down defeated that I’ve LET this happen yet again, God whispers:

 “Relax, daughter. Write about THIS.

And keep it simple, I know you’re tired.”

So I throw up a super quick post, a scripture, the thought that He gave me. Maybe with a cute graphic, but probably not. And I hit publish, feeling like what I’ve posted is a failure, a take-the-easy-road post, and that I’ve let y’all down. Again.

But THOSE posts? Those are the ones where I get comments that surprise and bring me to tears. Those are the ones where then God shows me just how much one of y’all needed to hear those words He gave me. Those are the posts that humble me and keep me going.

What is the difference between the long, time-consuming, involved posts that end up inspiring me so much I can’t wait to share it with the world and the short ones that feel like failure but never fail to bring me humbly in awe of God’s handiwork?

The conclusion I’ve come to is this: One kind He gives me to write for me. The other he has me write for you.

What a blessing!

 

Something to think about…

 

 


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyli@3dlessons4life@gmail.com April 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM

ADD Me really likes short posts… I find them inspiring and real. Thanks for sharing! (and hosting!) 🙂

Heather W April 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

” It’s been a long week of crazy extra stuff at work, like coordinating a Community Service Day for 150 people doing 25 projects for 5 different charities around town. The kind of week when the kids are cranky, husband is working extra long hours and is exhausted himself, dishes are piled high in the sink, and laundry is frantically tossed in the washer so we have something to wear in the morning (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!). Bone-tired. Weary to the core. And then I realize it’s 8:55pm and I don’t have a post scheduled for TPT tomorrow. Sigh. Again.” Oh my goodness, I do! I truly relate and it’s a blessing to know that I am not alone. Plus can I tell you something? What a blessing because you are living His actions, not just writing about them. Now give yourself a break and take some guilt free time for you! 😉

Laurie Collett April 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

God is faithful — giving words to inspire and encourage! God bless you and your ministry, & thanks for hosting.

jean wise April 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I checkled when I read this post since I experienced that same thing. I will finish a post and think wow this one is great and little response. I throw one together and wow, it hits people’s hearts somehow. Amazing how it works. Enjoying the link up today too. Thnaks

jean wise April 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I checkled when I read this post since I experienced that same thing. I will finish a post and think wow this one is great and little response. I throw one together and wow, it hits people’s hearts somehow. Amazing how it works. Enjoying the link up today too. Thks

April April 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

I know exactly how you feel!!! Lovely a-ha moment you’ve had, though. Great reminder that they are not failures, just because no one comments. I think it’s also good to remember, that those posts may not just be for you alone. You never know who may have heard God in your words, but who are just not vocal or not comfortable commenting. All we can do is pray that our readers hear and read what God intends for their hearts – and if He moves them to comment, awesome, if not, hopefully they at least connected with it. Blessings to you this weekend!!!

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