I knew Deidra was under
contract to write a book and as we left the restaurant that morning I
told her that I would like to be on her launch team when it was time to
launch her book.
|in June 2014|
Well, her book launches today and I got the opportunity to be part of that team!!
Since I first met Deidra back in 2011, I have followed her blog and her writing. She always writes with an open heart and an open mind. She is not afraid to write about the hard stuff and at the same time she encourages you to recognize the fact that you matter. No matter how small your life may seem to you, you matter. No matter how small or insignificant what I am doing seems to me, it matters.
The idea behind her book is this…if you are wondering who the next Mother Theresa is or who the next Ghandi is, then maybe it is you.
Maybe God is calling you and me to be brave and get to work on that.
But I am just a mom or just a dad. I’m just a secretary or a plumber. I’m just a teacher or a janitor.
Using Bibilical examples, Deidra took me on a journey. She convinced me that my life DOES matter. What I do DOES make a difference.
I believe there are many of us in this world that not only think what we do doesn’t matter, we think no one notices, so why bother.
We believe that waiting in carpool lines, doing laundry, preparing dinner, being a greeter at church, gathering the carts from the parking lot at the grocery store….whatever our job, we believe it doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. These “I don’t matter thoughts” are not of God, they are of the devil. And we know that he is the father of lies John 8:44. One of my favorite quotes from the book is:
Near the end of the book, beginning on page 159 Deidra writes “Is it only a miracle when Jesus spits in the dirt and then smears mud on a blind man’s eyes and restores the blind man’s sight? Why can’t it also be a miracle when you press through the doubt and fear and step from the dark recesses of the cave and into the light of God’s invitation to you? Why can’t it also be a miracle when we put away our tape measures and our calculators and stop comparing our purpose with someone else’s purpose? Why can’t it also be a miracle to stand up on our two feet and celebrate the gift of every little thing God calls us to? Even if no one notices but him? Wouldn’t that be a miracle too?…” (emphasis mine)
God did not call me to do your work.
God did not call you to do mine.
But God did call each of us to do a unique job. And we have to ask ourselves…
I was so moved and challenged by this book, that I am giving away not one, but two copies of it. To enter, please leave a blog comment. You may get extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway and/or sharing on Facebook or Pinterest. Please leave an extra comment for each share, letting me know. The giveaway is open until midnight Monday, October 12th. The winner will be chosen by using random.org.
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