On Thursdays this year, I'll share thoughts, tips and inspiration for writers. I'm
certainly not an expert, but am simply seeking personal encouragement
in this art and want to share with anyone who's also trying to find
as a writer. These short posts will come from
books, articles, the Bible, my own thoughts, and other people. Check
back each week or subscribe for new posts. Please introduce yourself in the comments--I'd love to meet
you and hear about your thoughts on writing.
We as writers are to be
like the little boy who offered his lunch of bread and fish to Jesus to
do what He would with it. I'm sure the boy assumed his gift would feed
just one other hungry person, for this was all it was meant to feed. I
doubt that he dreamed that his lunch would be multiplied to nourish
Like this boy, we are to humbly offer our
words in faith and not be concerned with how God chooses to use them to
bless others. We write from our depths, trusting Jesus to
take our words and use them as He deems fit--whether it be to feed the soul
of one person or thousands. That is not our concern, not really.
Instead, we are called to offer what we have when we have it and let
Jesus do the miraculous work of multiplication if that is what He wants
There is peace in that for me today--I do the
writing, but God does what He will with it. It takes the pressure off
of self-promotion when I believe that these words of mine are now in His
hands, ready to distribute to whomever needs to hear them today or years from now--even
if it is just one person.
"He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things.
Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good."
Ecclesiastes 11: 3-6 (NASB)
We are to give our bread and loaves--our words. And to sow seed and write without being distracted by our statistics or readership. Because we have no idea what God will do with the simple gift our words when we offer them in faith.
Do you believe God can use you and your words? Have you given them to Him and walked away?
How have you already experienced God using you in surprising ways?
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