When I decided that I wanted to write, I didn’t realize it was a call from God. I didn’t even consider consulting Him on what I should write. I just wanted to write stories that were entertaining. I planned on being on the New York Bestseller List, make millions of dollars and have my books turned into Oscar nominated movies. Nope, I wasn’t expecting much at all.
I wrote my short stories and submitted them to several publications and writing contests and sat back and waited for the acceptance letters to roll in. What actually rolled in was one rejection letter after another. I became frustrated and discouraged. How could this be happening, I thought. All my friends loved my stories.
In my heartbreak, I finally got some sense and asked God what I should do. We can never leave God out of our plans, no matter what they are. God doesn’t want to be a part of our lives just on Sundays, He wants to be included in every facet of our lives. Once I realized that God was missing from my plans, I repented and I eventually received clarity. I allowed Him to direct my path and that’s when the real adventure began.
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 NIV
I didn’t always want to be a writer. In fact, being a writer was the last thing I thought I would do. I always had a heart to help and encourage others but I just didn’t know how I was going to go about it. When I started writing it was just to help my coworkers get through a stressful day, working in a call center. I never dreamed that it was something that God was actually calling me to do.
Eventually, what started out as a way to entertain people, turned into an assignment from God to encourage and share His love. I love writing but I didn’t see myself becoming a “Christian” writer. My writing tends to be a bit more serious, some might even say it’s a bit on the darker side. I thought God made a mistake. How was I supposed to write for God’s people when I’m such a mess? Then the Lord reminded me of this scripture, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 NIV
I knew that the Lord was telling me that it was ok to write about real situations. Sometimes, life is messy for believers and nonbelievers alike. My job as a writer is to remind the believers that God is still there and to let the unbelievers know that God is real and He loves them. Everyone needs to know that God loves them and He is mightier than any problem they are facing. More importantly, God wants to help and He’s waiting on us to call on Him.
The decision to write for God has been a struggle. I know this is a huge responsibility and I know that I may experience persecution and rejection but I keep on writing. I know that when God calls us to do something it is because there is a need that needs to be filled. We are God’s body-His hands, feet and mouth on earth. Life isn’t about glorifying ourselves but to glorify God.
I’m writing this blog to encourage all the Christian writers who have answered God’s call. What you do is important. I know it’s hard but be encouraged.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11