The Value of Slow Starts

How would you feel if you were told that you’d be interviewed on live TV? Some of you would be excited, but most of us would start freaking out.

Earlier this week, as I sat down on set of “Focus Today,” the host said “Get ready for the fastest twelve minutes of your life.” Quick mic check, some adjustments on my chair, and we were off and running. Twelve minutes later, I agreed – that went really fast.

Watch the interview here – begins at 25:45

But it was also a lot easier than I thought it would be. Instead of being a nervous wreck, I slept well the night before and genuinely enjoyed my time on the air. In fact, it was easier than my call-in radio interviews because we were interacting face to face. And it feels like this local-TV interview, helped prepare me for future interviews.

This is important for me to remember because I hate slow starts. I want to go straight to the BIG THING. I feel silly admitting this to you, but I had fantasies of Radically Normal exploding out of the gates. So far, nothing is going as fast as I want it to. But perhaps God is moving things at the perfect pace. When I think about it, his timing has always been perfect, even if his plan makes more sense in hindsight than in the moment.

Playing our part

That is not to say that God just wants us to sit on our hands and wait for him to make the pieces fall into place. I’ve been actively pursuing every opportunity I can because I know he expects me to play my part.

This is how I see it: Back in Mount Vernon, someone had put up over 100 posters for a certain lost dog. On one hand, there was nothing the owners could do to make that dog come home. Not even 100,000 posters would guarantee success. Yet, without those posters, the chances of their collarless dog being returned dropped to nearly zero. They had to do their part, but the final outcome was not in their hands.

Likewise, Marilyn and I knew I wouldn’t be able to get radio and TV interviews without some help (I’d already tried). So we decided to hire a publicist, Don Otis of Veritas Communications, for an eight-month contract. While this isn’t cheap, we believe it was vital in order to reach a national audience with the message of Radically Normal. So far he has gotten me about dozen interviews (some of them nationally syndicated) and more come every week.

There is a part that you can play…

But it’s not enough to say that we do our part and God does his. We are also dependent on one another. Many of you have already helped us find speaking opportunities and places to stay. Others have prayed for us and helped us with the book launch. Now I want to ask you to prayerfully consider helping us with the cost of our publicist. The total cost will be about $2,750 over the next eight months.

Marilyn and I believe that many in the church need to be freed from the guilt of obsessive Christianity. We believe in it so much that we’ve decided to drive around the country for a year and spend some of our limited resources to hire a publicist. We’d be very grateful if you could add even more generosity to what you’ve already done.

All you need to do is visit our GoFundMe page: Here you’ll be able to make a contribution via credit card as well as view the “thank you gifts” we are offering. And please repost the page to your friends on Facebook too!

To the glory of God and the joy and the saints!

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