Guest Blogger Rebeca Seitz, On Leaving the Gate

by Mark T. Hancock · 1 comment

One thing that encourages me is a great story about someone putting faith in God and finding Him faithful. I invited Rebeca Seitz to share her “leaving the gate” story. Feel free to submit yours. See the instructions at the bottom of the next column to the right.


“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“You have the coolest life.” I hear that frequently and I smile. They’re right…in some ways. Like everyone walking the planet, there are parts of my life that only God and I wrestle with. Those aren’t the “cool” places. I’ve found, though, that it’s in those areas that I make the decisions which bring about this cool life.

I’m a publicist and author. I spent the past two weeks at conferences (Gideon Media Arts and Write to Publish) listening to actors, actresses, producers, directors, authors, editors, and other creative freaks spin tales and share ideas. It’s a heady environment. Several times, I wondered if I’d fallen asleep and created such surroundings. Seriously—who gets to do this and call it work?

But no matter how often I pinched myself, shook my head, or blinked, the environment didn’t change. Here I sat (or walked) with people who act as idea conduits for God. They have a freedom about themselves to explore, to entertain, to consider. Their eyes see beautiful, remarkable details in the mundane and the Spirit at work within them applies meaning and lesson.

When I returned home from the last conference, a reminder popped up that I had promised Mark this article. Immediately, I entered into that, “What can I write? What in the world is worthy of sharing?” space that most writers become familiar with over time. And then I remembered those people and I marveled again at this cool life that I don’t deserve and I knew what I wanted to share with you today.

The people I spent the last two weeks with have at least one major thing in common with me: we left the gate. There was a day, a moment, when the fear of not fulfilling these dreams God gave us was greater than that of failure. When the possibility that we wouldn’t become the person God wanted was more abhorred than the pain of possible outcomes. When the excitement of chasing His idea made everything else pale.

My pastor asked us on Sunday why we sit and ask God to do great things, then never take a step forward. Do we think He’ll just pick us up and sit us in the cool life? In the life He dreamed of while He formed us in the womb? He never did that in scripture. And He doesn’t change.

So, if you’ve been sitting there wondering when and how and if and why and you’ve thought this thing to death, stop. It’s enough thinking already. Go do. Get up. Leave the gate. Walk like you know the One who knows where you’re going.

Rebeca is President of Glass Road Public Relations, LLC in Fulton, Kentucky, a favorite presenter of mine at Writer’s Conferences, and a gracious adviser to many aspiring authors. She blogs at and her website address is You can also follow her on Twitter @rebecaseitzGRPR.

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Ginny L. Yttrup June 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

Rebeca, thank you for this beautiful reminder that God gives us the privilege of partnering with Him. He invites us to join Him in the work He’s doing. So amazing!

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