Hey, friends! Jennifer Devlin here again with encouragement as you continue your publicity trek. Today let’s decide we won’t live in fear of rejection. Fear. Now there’s a topic we think of often but don’t mention much. Let’s just go there for a minute, shall we?
As a self professed “chicken momma” I guess I’m sort of the armchair expert on the issue of fear. Learning to move past my own sense of shortcomings and resolving to step out in faith has been my daily mountain to climb for years. With each step, I find God to be incredibly merciful and completely faithful. My obedience partnered with His equipping results in a life greater than I ever imagined.
What about you? Are you conquering fear, or is it conquering you?
Not sure? Take a look at how you approach publicity and marketing. Press kits, book signings, blog tours, postcards, websites, social networking, and all the other avenues we discuss on this blog are great. But, if God is calling you to step out in a different direction from the crowd, and you don’t try it because you aren’t sure how it will end up, isn’t that hesitation the same thing as fear? Fear of the unknown result?
Sometimes the publicity we have become accustomed to is the comfort zone keeping us from where God would have us go. Our press kits can become a self-loving packet of kudos and creativity that does nothing more than stroke our own ego – if it lacks the message that will meet the need of the reader.
If we live by human accolades, running around in our comfort zone, afraid of stepping out into unfamiliar waters, are we living above fear, or simply denying its presence?
If we live a life where we simply thrive on “believing our own press” (or press kit quotes), we dwell in the land of the human. The temporal. The limited. Let’s you and me decide to live above the fray – in the flow of God’s Spirit – in the place where God is allowed to move on our behalf, because we’ve set fear aside and pressed on in spite of our insecurities. Let’s use our marketing materials and press kits, but resolve not to be limited by what they say about us.
Let’s step up our game.
For God’s glory.
For His renown.
For the gospel.
We are greater than our best selling book. Why? We are servants of God Most High, and He has called us to tell others of His goodness. God has given us a call to write; to impact the nations with written Word. The enemy, seeing such a calling, looks at us as if we have a huge target painted on our backs…and he is waiting to paralyze us with the deception of empty words preying on our emotions. Yet, think about what God says,
“…do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV).
So, dear friend, I ask you. What is it that God is calling you to do? Who is He calling you to reach? What is He asking you to do that causes you to run back to your comfort zone?
iCan Think It Thru: Do you pray for your readers?