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Friday, April 22 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Being discovered
3 - validation

Being discovered is confirmation that the recipient of the attention must be doing something right. We do our best; put our best foot forward, and wait. Motivational speakers and widely expressed common wisdom tell us on one hand that we make our own success, but on the other, good things come to those who wait. My own mixed feelings about being discovered—or more to the point, not discovered—stem from my own tendency to depend upon the recognition of discovery to validate my worth or, probably more properly, my own evaluation of my worth.

The converse is the harder truth and the more common experience in life: no praise or positive reinforcement means no accomplishment, nothing has been achieved that's worthy of the gifts God has given you. Stewing about such "failures" is likely to turn pathological or lead to mental disorder, but not caring is akin to drowning your cares in strong drink or fatalistic resignation. Depression is the common word for this malady, and depression—the Orthodox fathers teach—is no neutral condition: it's sin.

The key, of course, is to not "just" wait, but to continue working while waiting. "It has been reported that Edison failed over 6,000 times before perfecting the first electric light bulb," we read on a website, a claim worth remembering when inclined to resort to self-pity about our own failures. And when we think of Edison we are reminded that most inventors, and also most of the great explorers in history, have been objects of scorn and derision in their own communities and their own times, even if the testimony of history gives them some measure of immortality.

What makes the waiting harder is that the project I want to get recognition—the Christian News and Media Portal that I've put my heart into for some years now—is being done as a ministry. That it's being done under a sense of calling to use the talents that have been recognized in the past to serve as a signpost to the Kingdom of God makes it both frustrating that it remains virtually unknown and vital that I leave all such concerns in God's hands and timing. And what I feel in that regard is what I've felt always in my past ministries: waiting on God is not easy. But running before Him, trying to force your own vision of the kingdom or "popularize" your work in your own way, would be the way to spiritual ruin.

It matters not that we win the race but that we run and finish the course (2 Timothy 4:7, Hebrews 12:1).

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

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My family is really boring. They have a coffee table book called "Pictures We Took Just to Use Up the Rest of the Film."

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Thought for today

45 Natural Highs

Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one.

39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
40. Watching the expression on someone's face as he or she open a much desired present from you.
41. Watching the sunrise.
42. Getting out of bed every morning, grateful for another beautiful day.

Sent by Jules Nagy  

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