Heard a quote the other day by John D Rockefeller. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” There are times in our lives that we need to concentrate on being content. Content with our lives. Content with our home, car, belongings. We should be appreciative of the blessings we have…especially if they aren’t shiny new. We used to live in a home that was just over 900 square feet. We added all three children to our family while we lived there. It had one bathroom but it was really all we needed at the time. Brian loved to go out and look at houses that were for sale. He’d drive us to new neighborhoods being built to look at the models. He could tell himself we couldn’t afford any of these houses yet. I could not. I was growing more discontent with each new house we saw. I finally put the dots together and told him I don’t have the capacity to do any more “house dreaming” until we can seriously look to move. I was able to be content again knowing that this is what we’ve been blessed with and this is where God has planted us for the time being. I loved our little house.
Sorry for the tangent but this quote isn’t talking about budget busting to get what we want. This quote is talking, I believe, about challenging ourselves to risk growth. I’m thinking of writing another book. I had a friend say recently, “why another book? I understand the reason for the first book, but why another one?” It’s a good question. I enjoyed the challenge of writing the first one. The second one, has already been easier and I really am looking forward to seeing what God will do with it. I think it truly is the challenge of it. I enjoy writing and it just seemed like the next natural step.
I realize I’m not giving up anything good to go for the great but I am nervous to put myself out there again in the form of a new book. It’s more like I’m giving up “good enough” to go for the great. With the first book I was completely vulnerable with a really tough personal journey. This second book is a compilation of these Nudges. It’s a whole different approach yet I’m still sharing from my heart.
Maybe the challenge, beyond the actually putting the book together, is the vulnerability it invites as the author. It’s humbling to put anything out to the public knowing that everyone, especially in this social media crazed world, has an opinion and it may not be favorable. But, if I was settling for the good (being content with one book)…I might not ever experience the great.
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
Here we go!