I get hung up on this question every time.
I don’t like my answer, even though it’s painfully honest.
I want to be published traditionally because I want the validation of it. I want someone to say that my work is good enough to warrant a contract and even payment. I want that seal of approval on my work. That proof. Something I can hold up and say, “See?!”
But every time I even think those words I hear a still, quiet voice in my heart saying, “Isn’t My approval enough?”
That means risking being different and maybe even appearing wrong. Sometimes that may mean the appearance of taking the easy way or a short cut. But the truth of the matter is that if it’s what God told me to do, then for me it’s right (and the other way may be the wrong way for me).
I need to obey what God's called me to do and look to Him for validation. Only Him.
So tell me, is validation something you struggle with?
How do you deal with it?