I'm going to interrupt this broadcast . . . .

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sorry for breaking into the regularly scheduled programming folks however . . . I just have to say something . . . as blog influencer, I can't sit by and continue to read blog after blog and not say something about what is happening to the precious men and women who write these wonderful books that are graciously placed in our hands to read. Yes we are to give a review, but does that review mean that we're to tear the book to shreds, and the author. I don't think so! I also don't think that as we give the review for the book we're to do it without GRACE! I mean seriously! God is all about GRACE! If you've never seen this acronym let me show it to you. GRACE = God's Resources At Christ's Expense! That is what GRACE is and that is what we're called to do, and if we can't show that kind of GRACE in reviewing a book that has been given to us, then please don't say anything. Words hurt, and as James 3:9-12 says With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father; and we with it we curse men who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James is making it very clear that our mouths can do both yet we need to use our words wisely.

12 Pearls of Christmas: Just God

12 Pearls of Christmas: Just God

A Tangible Reminder
by Mary Byers

Last year I read Me, Myself, & Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables by Phil Vischer, creator of the Veggie Tales video series. I was interested because my children grew up on Veggie Tales. But I was also interested because somewhere along the way I noticed Phil Vischer was no longer with Big Idea, the company he founded. I knew there must be a story there, so I picked up the book.

Though millions of children can sing the Veggie Tales theme song, Big Idea no longer exists. After expanding too quickly, the company was forced into bankruptcy. Vischer writes about the experience in his book, which is part memoir and part business tutorial. And it's a touching example of how one man encountered grit and allowed it to be turned into grace.

At the end of the book, Vischer outlines the lessons he learned from the rise and fall of Big Idea. In part, he shares, "I was ready to be done, if that's what God wanted. To just rest in him and let everything else fall away. At long last, after a lifetime of striving, God was enough. Not God and impact or God and ministry. Just God."

His words convicted me. As an author and speaker, I realized that I'm often more focused on my deadlines or my next speaking engagement than I am on God. I have it backwards. God first, then everything else will fall into place.

It's a powerful message for us as women, too. When we focus on God first, we'll have everything we need to handle whatever is happening in our families and our lives. As Vischer reminds us, God is enough. As we approach Christmas, I'm reminded that this is the time when God shared his Son with us-a tangible reminder of his love for us. And a reminder that when we have him, we have everything we need.


Mary Byers is the author of Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family Under One Roof. She offers advice and encouragement for moms work from home for profit at www.makingworkathomework.com.


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