My convictions led me to making the decision to terminate my working relationship with another blog I was working for. In constant turmoil, I weighed the pros and cons of my decisions. I thought about how kind and friendly the team was, and how I only wanted what was best for them. Alternatively, I thought about how some things did not align with my goals and visions. I considered how open the company was to bringing me on. Yet, there were restrictions on what I could write to avoid offending others whose religious beliefs may differ from my own. I respected everything about the other company; yet, I knew it was not my assignment.
I thought my calling and the work I was purposed to do was changing. Perhaps it had always been the same. I was just beginning to recognize it. I had to begin to deal with some truths about my own behaviors and attitudes in life. No longer could I justify everything that the Lord called unacceptable. I had to take responsibility and obey the Lord’s instructions, for I desired His blessings upon my life and not the curses (Deuteronomy 28).
I finally committed to terminating my work with the other company after much discussion with my husband and prayer. Yet, before I approached them, I wanted to provide enough content to see them through the remainder of the month. It was the right thing to do. It was the professional thing to do. Professionalism is a very important factor to me. Even in the midst of everything I was going through on my job, I maintained professionalism (Colossians 3:23).
With that thought in mind, I began crafting content for the other company’s blog. I wanted to ensure that I did not leave them in a bind. During this time, I had taken on another project outside of my blog, my books, and LiyahAmore’s blog. I decided to write for the sister blog, AmoreSpeaks.
I know this sounds insane when I’m already complaining about a lack of time. Yet, I felt the need to become a part of that team. It was on me so strong, despite the fact that I ignored the original post Felecia placed on Facebook. When I saw it a second time, I casually questioned her about the new blog and the requirements. After receiving information, I was determined this was not something I needed or wanted to do. Or at least that’s what I tried to convince myself.
Yet, it would not let me go. I thought about it again and had difficulty ignoring the posts. Once again, I was in discussion with my husband. Did he think I was crazy? Yep, and still does! But he’s always been my number one fan and cheering section, believing in me when I did not believe in myself. Perhaps at this juncture in the relationship (20 years and married 12 ½) I have driven him crazy. Needless to say, he agreed with my direction and I communicated to Felecia my interest.
What I have not mentioned is that just before this, I was requested to partake in another writing project. My writing to-do list was growing daily. I still needed to provide the remainder of the month of blog content for the company I was leaving, articles for LiyahAmore and AmoreSpeaks, format contributed posts for my own blog, manage my books and marketing, and finish the other writing project. None of the things I have mentioned include my family or day job.
Why could I not walk away? I have a passion for writing. I need it the way some people need oxygen and love. It was the way my Master created me.
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14).
(Continue Chelle’s story in “Leaning on His Strength.”)
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