I Did It!!!

I can’t believe it.  I DID IT!!!  It has been over a year in the making but I finally did it.  Nope, no need to call the police or send me a cigar for that matter.  It may not be what you are thinking.  I finished writing a book!  I can’t tell you how awesome the feeling of accomplishing something on that level feels.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot of work ahead of me.  There is editing, promoting, finding someone to publish it but I took a concept from being an idea to being a reality!  Pretty freakin’ cool.  The credit really goes to God because this project has been soaked in prayer and started with a, dare I say it, holy discontent with how our nation and world looks right now.

All you have to do is look at the current presidential election to find examples.  You see fighting, muck raking, personal attacks and dishonest tactics and that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Quite honestly, it is a pretty good illustration of the American public right now.  We are so incredibly divided that it is unreal!  The candidates that we have are a pretty good representation of our schizophrenic nature as Americans.  I won’t go into details but I think you can draw your own conclusions.  You’re smart people.  I mean you’re reading this right? 🙂

Because of the contention that exists in our world and due to the fact that believers in Christ are not helping to heal this situation but instead are throwing gasoline on a flame that is already kindled, I have written this book.  I think I can sum the book up pretty well in one statement: Relentlessly loving others in a world that is bent on tearing them apart.  That’s it!  That is easy to understand but not easy to practice.  First off, people don’t view love as strength anymore.  It is seen as more of a weakness.  Besting someone in an argument, getting your own way, “winning” in our jobs, those are all examples of what strength entails.  Love is much harder.  Love means sacrifice, considering others as more important than ourselves and doing good for others despite what they do for you in return.  They might not reciprocate that sentiment after all.  How does that make YOU look?  That’s where strength and courage come in.  You have to push through appearances and self doubt to continue to love others regardless of how they treat you in return.

So I’ve written an entire book on that topic.  I really believe that it is timely and that most believers in Christ need to hear it.  I hope there are sections that will make you laugh, some that will make you think and others that will make you put the book down all together because it is just…difficult.  Please pray for me in my next steps because I am venturing out into unknown territory.  This project is far from over but I have made some pretty significant steps toward making it happen.  I love you guys and appreciate your support!

Matt

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