Lately, I’ve read of the rainy weather in the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes I don’t think Pennsylvania is far behind. Very little snow this year but tons of rain and dark skies. I have a tendency to turn inward on days like this. What’s the purpose in writing? What am I accomplishing? Can I even write at all? Am I wasting my time? Is it worth it? The list of questions continue. Ever been there?
If you have, I hope these thoughts from the Bible will encourage you. Without getting too theological, Psalm 37:4 tells us, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” The mere fact that you long to write is a desire that God Himself has given you. He did not give you that desire to fail. Oh, I may never hit the New York Times Best Seller list, but I am doing what God created me to do. If I delight in Him and follow Him as He leads, I simply cannot fail – and neither can you.
You were created in the very image of God (Genesis 1:27). He created you for success. If He has given you the desire to write, it is His plan that you do, but it really is up to you as to how well you will do that. It may take studying, reading others, tearing up manuscript after manuscript, This I know, it will take work and it will take time.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” My friend, faith isn’t just believing, but rather knowing. That faith must first be placed in building a personal relationship with God, but notice the result of that – He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. In other words, He wants to give you the desires of your heart as they line up with His will. He has given you the desire to write. His plan is to reward you as labor diligently for Him. You can’t go wrong.
Our writing may not always be what we think it should be, but know you are fulfilling your purpose. You’re meeting your reason for existing, at least in part, so . . .
Take a look in the mirror. Hold your head high. Put on your happy face, and embrace all of life. That includes all the manuscripts you’ve torn up. That includes all the rejection letters you’ve received. We learn from it all – and we grow.
Well, another Monday is in the books. See you next week.