Soaring or Falling?

When my daughter heard that I was speaking at a women’s retreat on the theme of grace, she gave me a wonderful little book
called Grace Rules by Steve McVey.  Mr.
McVey starts off by admitting that one little preposition spoiled the first 29
years of his life because he thought it was his duty as a Christian to live for Jesus. He was set free when he
discovered that the New Testament puts the emphasis on living in
Christ.
The difference in those two words changed his life
and the way in which he related to God. Mr. McVey goes on to illustrate the
difference and it’s all about grace.
I loved one of the illustrations he used, asking his
readers to imagine they’ve just been told a man has jumped off the Empire State
building. Mr. McVey says that no-one would think to ask, “did he
fall?” because everyone knows the laws of gravity demand that he would.
But then, if you were told he jumped off the building in a hang glider, our
imaginations would picture a man soaring above the skyline of New York because
we also know that the law of aerodynamics trumps the law of gravity. The man in
the hang glider is like someone living in Christ, relying on His grace in every
aspect of his life.
After reading the book I began to think about my attitudes
in this regard and realized that I often fall into the legalistic mindset of
living for Jesus, working for Jesus, writing for Jesus, instead of living in
Him.
I began to ponder what living in Christ would mean
as far as my writing was concerned. It would mean I wouldn’t be so focused on trying
to write what sells, but trying to write what is in my heart. It would mean I
wouldn’t be so focused on capturing a market as capturing the hearts of my
readers. It would mean I wouldn’t worry so much about sales and social media
numbers and all the other marketing ploys but would focus on relationships and
serving others as Jesus did. It would mean, in short, not focusing on my career
first, but focusing on Him.
Writing while living in Christ would free me to be
the writer He wants me to be by relying on His grace to get me there instead of
all the strategies of marketing and business practices. No, I’m not going to
stop doing the marketing but I am going to work at changing my attitude toward
it. 
I am going to think more about soaring instead of falling.
What about you?
Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta
Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She
was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel,
One Smooth Stone and also has two devotional books in print. Her work has been
endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. Marcia’s
second novel, A Tumbled Stone has just been short listed in the Contemporary Fiction category of The Word Awards. Abundant Rain, an ebook
devotional for writers can be downloaded here. Visit Marcia’s Website