Jesus’ Applause-O-Meter

Written by on August 19, 2015

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OCW Conference Director Lindy Jacobs, Lynn Hare, and Cascade Awards Co-chair, Marilyn Rhoads.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.
                                        (Psalm 29:2, NIV)

What makes Jesus applaud?

Wednesday, August 12, at the Oregon Christian Writers  Cascade Writing Awards Ceremony in Portland, I had the privilege of winning three awards. But it’s not the accolades I’m hopping up and down for. Rather it’s what the experience showed me about Jesus’ Applause-O-Meter for you and me.

Rewind a few days. Over dinners with the family, a few times I shared this thought: I don’t care if I win an award. My identity in Christ is a sure thing.

So I was taken by surprise to win three awards. The first was an article in the Articles, Columns, and Blog Posts category, called Persevere and Find Your Gifts. The second was Sojourners in the Poetry category. And then a third: Marilyn Rhoads, gifted program officer and vice-president for OCW, presented me with the Writer of Promise Award for being a successful writer, getting 75 articles published in four years, and teaching and encouraging those around me.

Jesus Applauding

Want to see the needle on Jesus’ applause-o-meter bounce as He claps for you? Consider these:

  • Point to Christ as Divine Source. As you and I connect the world with the freedom found in Him, ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name (Psalm 29:2). I kind of choked up in the middle of my acceptance speech. The tears were the good kind, when, in a holy moment, the presence of God crept up and overtook me. I mentioned this verse and led applause for our Savior.
  • Pray as a Team. A loyal prayer team of 30 faithfully intercedes for me behind the scenes. No meaningful accomplishments can be completed alone. If you don’t have a prayer team, get one! Three cheers for you guys who prayed and encouraged me along the way. Look what we did. (If you’d like to join the team, email me.)
  • Celebrate the trophy of friendships. Victory is found in friendships we make along the way in hugs, smiles, warfare on the muddy battlefield, and quick affirmation-emails and texts. If you’re reading this, I celebrate you! Nothing significant happens outside of relationship.
  • Fix your gaze on Him. Am I happy to win the awards? Certainly. But if you take away the applause, certificates, and trophy, I’m still the same old Lynn Hare. I sweep pine cones off the driveway. I scrape lettuce from between my teeth (except that time when an agent snapped my picture with his smartphone before I sheepishly checked a mirror).  I still get articles rejected.

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Do I boast, “I’m more important—these awards prove it”? Nope. My identity’s found in something much simpler: the person of Jesus Christ. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (1 John 3:1). Jesus is our Bro. The Author and Perfecter of our faith. We write for Him as He writes our stories for us.

Sometimes Christ is there in quiet whispers. But He’s in the middle of appreciative applause, too. However He reveals Himself, He cheers us all on 24/7.

Friend, I believe in you. I stand with you and applaud your journey with Christ, no matter how much or little recognition your work gets.

Forward—with favor!

What is Jesus applauding you for right now?

Find Marilyn Rhoads, OCW Program Officer and Vice-president, @ http://marilynrhoads.com.
Find Lindy Jacobs, OCW Summer Conference Director, @ http://www.lindyjacobs.com/my-books.

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Comments
  1. melissa pfeifer   On   August 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!
    So excited for you!…..I have been praying for you and I see you in VICTORY!

    Thank you for being YOU!

    • Lynn Hare   On   August 20, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      Missy, wow! Thank you so much for your prayers and your love. The Holy Spirit is going to use you in a mighty way for the nations. Your prayers mean a great deal to me. Forward – with favor! Warm hugs.

    • Lynn Hare   On   August 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Marilyn. I truly appreciate your encouragement and friendship. The 1-day conferences you coordinated had brilliant content and taught me much of what I learned about the craft of writing and the industry. Warm hugs!

  2. Lindy Swanson   On   August 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    God delights in us just because we are His children. We don’t have to “do” anything. Anything we do is our thank you–our love gift–back to Him! That’s why you do what you do so well. You know you are His beloved.
    We appreciate the fruit of your love for God! Your gifts to Him nourish and heal us. You are like a tree planted by the River of Life, who yields its fruit in season and its leaves are for healing!

    • Lynn Hare   On   August 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Tassie, thank you so much! yeah, I continue to ask God what kinds of vehicles the awards represent. They’re simply not an end to themselves. They’re His and I hope to help other writers get their message for Christ into the hands of readers, too.

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