I had the phenomenal opportunity to participate in a photo shoot for CTC (Cross Training Couture’s) new line of fitness attire. (CTC is a Christian apparel company with a mission of creating modest fashionable fitness gear that reflects a Christ-centered message.) For participating in the shoot, models were given permission to use their photos. My photos arrived via email the day after my book launch party.
I wish I could say I was excited and happy as I checked my email from the whirlwind of activity and success of my new book, The Distracted Dance of Resilience. But, I was not. Instead, I was wide-eyed and fidgety coming down from the adrenaline high of writing, editing, publishing, marketing, and being a number one new release for Christian Devotionals on Amazon.
The goal of finishing my book and announcing it to the world was complete. God even added a cherry on top of my sundae by allowing such an amazing response. I did not expect to be a top new release or for amazing women to fill my inbox with stories of how the words God gave me to write inspired them.
So why wasn’t I excited and happy?
Because I could not answer the question…what’s next?
When I looked at my images from the CTC photo shoot, my eyes filled with tears. I remembered how fun it was to smile, look sassy, and chat with the other ladies. The photographer (Jodi Brim), was absolutely fabulous and gave specific instructions on how to hold my head, which way to look, smile, no smile, look fierce, etc. I was so busy following her commands, I wasn’t concerned about what the next steps would be. I was content.
My brow wasn’t all frowned up worried about how I would keep up the momentum. Nor did I look fretful about my future.
One of my favorite pieces from the shoot was a peach tank top that read “PRESS ON” which references Philippians 3:14:
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ESV
As I looked at my photo, I felt God reminding me to press on. Press on… keep sharing my book to promote healing in others and leave the sales rankings and reviews up to Him.
When we press on while leaving the results up to God, we allow gratitude to spring forth.
Gratitude produces perspective and allows us to see our lives through the lens of contentment.
Contentment releases us from the need to know “what’s next”.
Now I can really add model to the list!
What areas of your life do you need to press on but leave the results up to God?
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Photo Credits: Jodi Brim Photography