In my first post on the WordServe Water Cooler blog few years ago, I wrote about “Embracing Sacred Moments” in our lives. In that short piece, I mentioned a couple of writing firsts for me—my first contract to write an article for a well-respected publication and my first call from a WordServe agent, signing me as a client.
This month, I’m experiencing another first—the launch of my first book.
But as I prepared to write this book, a sudden and disturbing vivid memory emerged from a time when I stepped out of my comfort zone to serve. I still feel the embarrassment of that day when I helped prepare the noon meal after a revival service in my hometown church.
A million doubts and fears raced through my mind that morning. Was my skirt too short? Were my heels too high? Were my clothes too tight? Would someone ask me too much about my personal life? Why did I even come here in the first place?
Since I was the youngest and newest member of the ladies’ group helping that day, someone nominated me to pass out rolls to everyone.
I stacked the rolls high on a large platter, hoping to avoid a second trip to the kitchen. But as I pushed the swinging door open with my back, I tripped and fell to the floor, propelling everything across the room.
I can still recall everyone in the room gasping at the spectacle I had made of myself.
As I wrote my first book, Words That Change Everything, my old fears and worries resurfaced, reminding me of that humiliating experience. Do I dare expose more of my failures, worries, and vulnerabilities with an even larger audience? What if I make a total fool of myself again in front of my friends, family, and total strangers as they read some of my life stories?
Then, I remembered what I learned from my earlier failed attempt in serving others. Forty years after I humiliated myself in my home church, the pastor’s wife invited me to speak in that same fellowship hall at a women’s ministry event. And I shared my humiliating “tossed roll” story, revealing some of my own worries and vulnerability.
God gave me an opportunity to revisit and overcome a moment of failure in the same context and venue, four decades later, as I stood on this promise from God’s Word: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9 NLT).
So, even though I’m a little apprehensive about revealing some of my most intimate stories in my first book, I’m excited to share my story with the world—Words That Change Everything: Speaking Truth to Your Soul.
Why? Because I also believe in the power of story—as we share the stories that matter most, lives change and hearts heal.
Did my story remind you of a story in your own life?
4 Replies to “Another Sacred Moment: Launching My First Book”
Oh yes, I’ve spilled a few rolls over the years – and I’m better off for it. As often as practical I step outside my comfort zone. It’s exciting there, that’s where the new experiences hide.
New experiences are the strings that bind us to life.
I don’t always handle the experiences well. Sometimes I publicly fall short, and people remember. But that’s not a bad thing.
Years later someone will say, “I remember when he ……..”. I just smile while they tell the story. I smile because I did that. I gave them a lasting memory! A memory vivid enough that they share it. In a way I also live in their minds now. What more could a storyteller ask for?
Well I could ask for more sales, but let’s keep it real.
A Hui Hou (until next time),
Whew! Great to know I’m in good company. Stepping out of my comfort is never easy, but staying in a rut is boring. So, I’ve learned to just keep stepping out, even if I have to do it afraid. Thanks for sharing a few of your own experiences with us!
A Hui Hou,
I am stepped out of my comfort zone as I fine tune my first novel in the second draft. It’s been a long process and I do have some concerns as far as finding an editor, publisher and some readers who will want to read my words. I need to depend upon the Lord and His Spirit working within me. Only in my weakness can He be glorified as He exhibits His wisdom and strength. Thanks for giving me the courage to keep on working on this project and knowing God is working to give me light for the path ahead of me.
Yes! The Lord promises us to guide us with his peace. And He also promises to be strong in our weaknesses. Blessings! And keep writing!
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