Why Self-Promotion Isn’t Always Bad

One question hits the reset button on our motives

Okay, I need to be honest. I’m glad my book launch for Waiting on God is over. Self-promotion can make me really uncomfortable. But not for the reasons you think.

Why Self-Promotion Isn’t Always Bad

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It’s not that self-promotion is wrong, per se. It doesn’t have to contradict humility. (I’ll share why in a minute.) Rather, all that self-promotion made me at times concerned (this is tough to admit) that I might appear anti-humble. Which, in effect, is the same as being anti-humble.

Maybe you’ve been there. By being concerned with how we are perceived, we waver between the high road of humility and the swamp of pride. It’s really tough to move forward in the Christian life when ego is stuck to your shoes like a glob of gum.

Know what I mean?

But just because our motives are often mixed (even on our best days), that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t self-promote at times.

Here’s why that’s true. And here’s one question that helps us hit reset on our motives.

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A Special Shout-Out to My Launch Team!

The launch of my book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, enjoyed the help of 27 individuals who assisted me to get the word out.

Each of these folks agreed to read the book, share a review on Amazon, and help spread the word during launch week. But most importantly, they prayed. Here’s the launch team listed with their blog/Web site (if applicable). (more…)

Take a devotional break for a moment and watch the beautiful words of Isaiah come to life.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. —Isaiah 53:6

Sometimes I think God created particular creatures simply to provide potent metaphors He could use to teach us with. Picture yourself as one of these sheep—and the Lord as your shepherd.

We all have wandered. But the good news is our Good Shepherd sought us out—and died for our sins. Jesus Himself said:

If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? —Matthew 18:12

Tell me what you think: How does seeing these words visually help you internalize their truths? To leave a comment, just click here.

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Today is Your Last Chance to Get 7 Bonus Items

You can also gift the bonus items if you get a book for a friend.

Waiting is a good thing. But sometimes, it’s not such a great idea. Last week my new book, Waiting on God, launched. To celebrate, I offered 7 bonus items (worth $160.78) to those who buy the book and email me the receipt. But time is running out.

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If you have already bought a book, you can still get a copy for a friend—and they can also enjoy the free bonus items! Many have already taken advantage of this offer.

But tonight it goes away forever. So, what are you waiting for?


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Buy My New Book NOW—and Get 7 Bonuses

Today is the official launch date of my new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing. For the next seven days, I’m giving away 7 bonuses worth $160.78 to everyone who buys my book and emails me the receipt.

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I have received endorsements from a number of people who were gracious enough to read the book before it released, including Michael Hyatt, Joni Eareckson Tada, Luci Swindoll, Dr. Mark Bailey, Mary DeMuth, and many others.

We live in an instantaneous age. Everything is now—or it’s late. We get frustrated when our hopes go on hold or God seems like he’s taking his sweet time. Wayne Stiles reminds us from the story of Joseph that our prayers aren’t on wifi. God has his own schedule and an agenda better than our own.MICHAEL HYATT
New York Times bestselling author,
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

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Tomorrow the Waiting is Over

My New Book Releases after Years of Writing (and Waiting)

Waiting has a goal. It always includes hope—a purpose—and an end for which we wait. Imagine how pointless waiting would be if it never ended. That’s how it feels sometimes with God, isn’t it?

Tomorrow the Waiting is Over

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One of the reasons I wrote my new book, Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, was to provide some oomph to those who are waiting on God—but it seems He’s on vacation.

Finally, tomorrow the book releases! I’ll provide links and information on that tomorrow. But today, I’m asking one thing of you.

Will you pray?

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Listening to Well-Timed Words of Warning

One other person struggled the night Jesus prayed in Gethsemane.

Dark shadows had fallen over Jerusalem. A lone figure knelt, weeping, agonizing in prayer, as eleven men slumbered nearby. While Jerusalem slept, the Lord Jesus endured anguish in the darkness of Gethsemane. But He did not suffer alone that night.

Listening to Well-Timed Warnings

(Photo: The Citadel served as the residence of Pilate and his wife. Courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.)

On the other side of Jerusalem in the luxuriant palace of the governor—perhaps even during the hours of Jesus’s agony in the garden—another figure writhed in agony.

The content of her nightmare was about Jesus. It caused her to arrive at a firm conclusion.

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10 Reasons a Tour to Israel Belongs on Your Bucket List

Why to do your best to go to the Holy Land at least once in your life.

People often ask me, as many times as I’ve been to Israel, if I still benefit in going to the Holy Land again. My answer is an overwhelming, “Yes.” Here’s why.

10 Reasons a Tour to Israel Belongs on Your Bucket List

(Photo: Mount Arbel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Whether you go to the Holy Land one time or a thousand times, there are benefits that remain timeless. I’m convinced you should do your best to take a tour to Israel at least once in your life.

Here are 10 reasons you should consider.

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