Do you ever get just plain sick of doing this?
As writers it is so necessary to market. We know it’s part of being a
good steward of our ministry. And we’d all much rather be writing our inspirational
books to encourage readers in their faith, than having to infiltrate the market
through Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
But we have to do it, no matter how against the grain it rubs.
This discomfort gets increasingly worse when we have a new release. And
it seems we need to push forward our front cover pictures, author pics, book
I become increasingly embarrassed with each successive shove of my stuff
forward, and I start to withdraw inwardly.
That inward withdrawal has become a place of rest, because the only
place I can find comfort from the chafing of marketing is in sitting quietly
with the Lord.
I like to think of walking up the mountain with the Lord Jesus after He’s
had a busy day speaking to the multitudes. Mind you, He didn’t shove His face
forward like I have to do. He always directed His followers to worship God the
Still though, I like to walk up the mountain with Him, and sit down. Say
nothing for a while, just rest in the fact that He has promised to never leave
me. Let the high-up fresh air blow through my hair. Whisk away the strain of
publicity and marketing.
And just be with Him.
“Be still and know that I am God,” He says.
Then I can talk to Him, and tell Him how I really feel. That I do get a
rush of adrenaline when I see my face out there, when I see my book cover out
there. That after my speaking engagements are over, and people come forward to
chat or have me autograph a book for them, I do get a rush of . . . of what?
Oh dear Lord, is it pride?
Please let it not be so.
Surely it’s just adrenaline? Surely, it’s just the joy of knowing that the
speaking part is over and You did an amazing job of encouraging the listeners,
But part of me sighs deep down. I think there is a stain of pride. There
is something inside me that did enjoy that few minutes of fame. That I liked
And that is when I must look my Lord Jesus in the face, and say, “I’m
sorry. How utterly silly of me. Let me just look at You for a while, and listen
to You, and let You cleanse my foolish soul.”