by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Have you ever felt small? Really, really small? The kind of small where someone could walk right past and not even notice you?
Maybe it’s the people in your world who just don’t seem to know you’re there. Or it’s a goal you’ve long since given up accomplishing because it seems there are so many others doing it already.
The writing life can be that way.
Sometimes writers conferences, especially conferences the size of the ACFW conference, can make a person feel really small. And invisible. After all, there are hundreds of talented people all gathered in one place at one time seemingly vying for the attention of a much lesser number of agents and editors. Others sometimes seem to nudge their way to the spotlight, be it at a table during a meal or in conversations between workshops. It’s all enough to make a person want to fade into the wallpaper or hide behind a potted plant.
The odds of an idea in a writer’s mind becoming a book in a reader’s hands are large enough to make even the most intrepid would-be author feel small. Tiny. Afraid to even try.
And yet if you don’t try who will write your story? Maybe it will be published. Maybe it won’t. Maybe the story you were meant to tell was created only for you. And maybe if you don’t write that story, no one will.
Maybe God is depending on you to be faithful even while you wait. While you’re feeling like He has forgotten he even put the desires on your heart. Maybe the real test is not in the skills you learn or the conferences you attend. Maybe the real test is doing the job you were meant to do. The job God has been preparing for you to do.
Feeling small? Not up to the task? Do it anyway. I guarantee Someone will notice.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” Luke 12:6
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of over forty novels with more than one million copies of her books in print in the United States and abroad. A certified family law paralegal and tenth-generation Texan, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times magazine. Find out more about Kathleen and her books at www.kathleenybarbo.com.