The minute we begin to compare ourselves to others...begin to focus on their giftedness...we see ourselves as so much “less”. We limit what God has created us to do. There is a work, specific to you, that you are to enter into fully. Looking at others in their particular accomplishments may cause you to cower, as you may see them as far more gifted and fear being the fool. As you focus on possible hindrances, difficulties, or dangers, your own perception of your smallness, alongside the greatness of the task before you, causes you to shrink back. You feed yourself words of discouragement.You imprison yourself with a strong “can’t do” attitude.
It’s time to admit that those words are true.” I am not able.” “I am so very small alongside those great ones.” I am here, however, to tell you that Jesus has broken the power of those words to imprison or stop. You and I are compelled to write, yet we are not able...but He is. We are so very small next to those “greats”, but He is greater. It is in our inabilities, our weaknesses, our smallness, that He is able. He is strong. He is very great.
Each time your eyes rest upon the giant in your world of writing, remember this scene from the end of John’s Gospel. Jesus has asked Peter to follow Him. Looking back to see the beloved disciple following, Peter asks a question. Put yourself in Peter’s sandals. Ask your Lord, “What about him?” Listen closely as you walk along that familiar shore and the water laps at your feet. The Lord answers you with another question. “Who is he to you?” Then...”You follow me.”
I feel it safe to say that we aspiring writers who love the Lord, desire deeply to glorify Him with our words. I encourage each of you to do just that. Glorify Him in all that you write, be it poetry, fiction, short story, or your personal journaling and prayers. This passion for the written word and desire to pour out to others is surely a precious gift. Let us not waste one more minute in fear of failure or doubt in ability. If God has designed you to reach the multitudes through your writing, then may His will be done! Beyond that, let us simply continue to do this thing we can’t get enough of...write...write... write! May it be an acceptable praise offering to Him, pleasing in His sight.
My prayer this night for all of you, my kindred spirits, is that each of you step fully into your giftedness...yourcalling...your anointing...and in doing so, may the desires of your heart be realized, and above all, may you bring honor to our king!
Thank you for writing this piece. This is a constant thought in the back of my mind as I read all of the other writer's articles. Sometimes we think that we aren't good enough, but you remind us all that we are what He has created us to be. Thanks again!
Very encouraging and needed in my life at this time. The line "“What about him?” Listen closely as you walk along that familiar shore and the water laps at your feet. The Lord answers you with another question. “Who is he to you?” Then...”You follow me.” speaks volumes to me.
If you put spaces between the paragraphs it's easier to read and make sure, when you change ideas to start a new paragraph.