Add To The Beauty

If you’re reading this post it’s because you probably have some idea of what I’ve been up to the last 30 days. Launching this book has been very scary and exciting at the same time. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years, but just never found the right time or motivation to do it. I’ve had a few conversations this month about dreams and making them happen. People who’ve said they've wanted to create something, or have created something yet they are not sure what to do next. It's hard to have a dream or passion and figure out where the next step leads. If often leads to nowhere, but sometimes, taking a step towards a dream can result in another step, and another step after that.

I never realized how hard it can be to make something new happen! It takes a marathon of steps and missteps and a lot of hard work.

There has been many times over the past year where I've thought it would be much easier to sit on my hands and do nothing. If the enemy can get me to sit on my hands, ideas, thoughts, passions, then nothing will be created, and for sure nothing will be finished. So many ideas, I’ve left behind or unfinished because they wouldn’t be excellent, perfect, or what I thought people would want to see, hear, or be a part of. Truth is, most great things start with an imperfect, wobbly first step and they are never perfect. What a relief they don't have to be.

The main thing I’ve learned over the past few months is nothing great can be done in a vacuum. The community around me is the reason my book is even close to getting published. I am not made to do EVERYTHING with excellence. I need other people in my life who are excellent at things I am not. I needed technical help, the creativity of my kids, friends, and the critical feedback of my community. So if you want to step out there all wobbly and disoriented like I did, make sure you are in community. Real community.

Another thing I was reminded of during this process was that I’m made to add to the beauty of the earth and to people’s lives, but not necessarily to create the most beautiful thing.

God is the only one who can create the most beautiful or useful thing. All the rest of us just need to try and add to it the best we know how. My favorite song of all time is by Sara Groves and it’s called “Why It Matters” It goes like this:

Speak to me until I understand

Why our thinking and creating

Why our efforts of narrating

About the beauty, of the beauty

And why it matters

Like the statue in the park

Of this war torn town

And its protest of the darkness

And the chaos all around

With its beauty, how it matters

How it matters

The statue in the park is Vedran Smailovic. During the siege of Sarajevo in 1996, he played his cello in a bombed out bakery with the threat of snipers to mourn the 22 people who were killed there. And for a moment, his song rang out like a protest against the darkness surrounding his community. That story is so epic, yet so simple. When he played, guaranteed he wasn't concerned if his cello was perfectly in tune or whether or not it was the best or most beautiful song. He knew that his song would not stop the siege or the war, but he was doing what he was made to do, to help his community.

The work we do and the things we make and create will probably not be forever immortalized in a song or statue, but I like to think the things God has called us to do, even if it’s writing a children’s book or handing out a cup of water, can protest the darkness.

“God Is Bigger Than A Juice Box” is my small way of adding to the beauty. I want to thank the community that has surrounded me with support and prayer-this couldn’t have happened without you! We have one more day left on Kickstarter, yet have exceeding our $5,000 goal! God is so faithful!

I also want to encourage you to take a first wobbly step towards something you’ve been thinking about doing but have put off. Maybe now is the time for you to add to the beauty! And let us, your community, know how we can support you in your endeavor!! We need each other!

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