“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-which is your spiritual service of worship.” Romans 12:1
I remember the first time I took that verse seriously. The year was 1978 and I was in Ft. Collins, Colorado for Campus Crusade’s new staff training. Dr. Bright, now deceased, challenged us to make our lives an offering to God. I took that challenge. A year later Drew sat in the same place and took the same challenge. That challenge gave direction to the rest of our lives.
Through the years we have seen God give many opportunities for our lives to be an offering. Sometimes the opportunities were enjoyable, sometimes not so much. (See our life-skills books.) But perhaps the opportunity we trust God for now is the most strategic.
Most of you are aware that our priority the last four years has been writing and publishing our novels and life-skills books. In September, we pressed hard toward our goal of October 1 with no extra time to think about how we would feel once the project was completed. The emotions of elation, excitement, relief and satisfaction snuck up on us.
People have asked us:
1) “What are your books about?” The three books in The Challenge Series are wholesome-entertaining books that gently share principles that can make any life more fulfilling, more than ordinary. The Ambassadors novel highlights that God is involved in every facet of life, including science. And the six life-skills books are lessons God taught us–many are hard learned lessons.
2) “Do you really think people will read the books?” We hope so.
3) “How much money do you make on each book?” Nothing until all our expenses are paid, which will take more sales than you can even imagine.
And lastly, “Why did you write the books?” At times we have asked ourselves that same question. But as we finished our project, we realized that we wrote the books because God asked us to. We completed the task He requested of us. Each book is from our heart to those who read them. But more important, they are from our hearts to the Lord, a love offering to Him. We are still trusting God to fulfill the challenge Dr. Bright gave us 40 years ago.