I wonder about this fairly regularly. Especially when there doesn’t seem to be any tangible evidence that what we do makes a difference.
But I received a completely unexpected gift recently that reminded me, once again, that the results are not up to me. My job is to keep doing what I’m doing.
Back in 2005, I had a parenting book published with Baker/Revell called, Parenting in the Home Stretch: 12 Ways to Prepare Your Kids for Life on Their Own. It did ok, but never achieved the sort of commercial success I’d hoped for.
Time marched on and I moved on to other projects.
Several weeks ago, a package appeared in my mailbox from the lovely folks at Baker. NINE years later.
Inside the package was the KOREAN edition of my book, which had been printed in Seoul.
I was blown away and spent the next three days grinning like an idiot over the wonder of it. After all this time, my words are now in Korea, hopefully encouraging parents there.
My heart has always been drawn to mission work and wanting to help those in other countries. My friend Leslie Santamaria said, “You may not have been to Korea as a missionary, but your words are there now.”
What an unexpected, amazing gift.
I had NOTHING to do with making this happen, so I take zero credit. I wouldn’t even have known if the lovely folks at Baker hadn’t sent me copies of the book.
I tell you this story to encourage you. We never know how our words—spoken or written—will make a difference.
Keep going. Don’t quit — even when you can’t see the end result.
What you do matters.