Okay, so to be honest, writing the dedication for my books is one of my favorite parts. No, not because it's the least difficult part. You see, writing the dedication isn't that easy for me.
Since I was eight I've been writing stories and "books." I was twelve when I finished my first actual book (yes, it was a real book! 100 pages, haha!). At this point, I began writing dedications for each of my books to come. All 13 of them. But the three books I've published have been the most special to dedicate.
I dedicated my first book, I Dare You, to my twin sister. And rightfully so, because she inspires me and encourages me to always pursue my dreams. She was the writer I always wanted to be like. My second book, The King's Princess, was dedicated to the faithful subscribers of my magazine, because that book would've never happened without their support of the magazine! My third book, Worth it All, was dedicated to my Rachel, and I wouldn't have dreamed of dedicating it any other way. No explanation needed there.
You see, the dedications in my books are so special to me because these books are my heart and soul. My books contain pieces of my life and all of my stress, tears, and joy poured into writing them. The person I'm dedicating the book to has to have played a vital role in my journey of not only writing, but also in my life. (So if one day I dedicate a book to you, know how special that is ;))
Yet if you have any of my books, you also know that in each one of them the dedication is also to my King, my Jesus. :) I have chosen to dedicate every one of my published books, and all the ones to come, to Jesus first. Because without Him I am literally nothing. Without Him there is no point in the book or even in living.
The other day as I was looking at my dedications and thinking of how much they mean to me, this thought crossed my mind...
What if we lived our lives like a dedication?
When you're dedicating something to someone you're telling them that you're giving it to them, you're honoring them with it.
So what if we lived our lives like a dedication to Jesus?
What if we chose to give Him every part of our lives and honor Him with it?
Living a life of dedication to Jesus isn't always easy. It'll cost you. You won't always understand His plan. You won't always have mountain top experiences. You will walk through the valley and the fire.
But just like writing a book that causes lots of stress and tears throughout the process?
It'll be worth it in the end.
So I dare you this week to focus on how you can live this dedicated life to Jesus. If your life was like a book to the world, would it be obvious to the readers that the dedication was to Jesus?
Make Him your all-consuming passion and your all-consuming desire. Make everything you do something that brings Him honor.
Dedicate it all to Him, because He gave it all up for you. ♥