I will never forget a little poem I learned many years ago.
Two natures lie within my breast.
One is foul and one is blessed.
One I love and one I hate.
The one I feed will dominate.
At the first reading of this thought-provoking poem, we could think of many fleshly desires we might feed on that would take us for a walk down the darker side of life, but I want to visit with those of you who feel called to write in small and big ways, but insecurity and fear of failure have kept you from wielding your pen for Jesus.
Satan will make a punching bag out of anyone who will entertain his lies. Here are a few of his tormenting thoughts that can hinder you from writing for the Lord.
- Who do you think you are? You can’t write. You have no education.
- Nobody wants to hear what you have to say.
- Stop dreaming. God will never allow your dreams to come true.
If we “feed” these negative thoughts, they will dominate and we will never write for the Lord.
I would like to take the time to dispel some of Satan’s myths.
Who do you think you are? You can’t write. You have no education.
“I am a child of the living God.” The Bible doesn’t say we have to be proficient in writing to share what the Lord has done for us. Most of the disciples were uneducated and unlearned men, but Jesus chose them and used them to turn the world upside down.
Nobody wants to hear what you have to say.
Satan is the one who doesn’t want to hear what you have to share. He doesn’t want to hear how the Lord has touched your life. He is the one who wants to give you a fatal case of “lockjaw.” Jesus wants you to “go and tell” what He has done for you so others can come to know Him too.
Stop dreaming. God will never allow your dreams to come true.
It’s true that sometimes our dreams can be full of selfish ambition. God has His ways of giving us a reality check when that happens, but there are other times when, like Joseph, God births a dream inside us. He has a divine plan and purpose for those dreams to come true. Don’t be afraid to dream big for Jesus.
There are numerous ways we can write for the Lord. We don’t have to write a novel or text book. Let’s look at some of the ways God could use us.
- Are you a Deborah with a gift of wisdom for counseling? Share your wisdom in a blog, short story, or letter to a friend.
- Maybe God has raised you up like Daniel and He wants to have you take a firm stand and write letters to the editor of your local newspaper or politicians. Let God use your words so right can win over might!
- Are you like Mary and Martha with a gift of organization or hospitality? Share your recipes and creative ideas with others. Simple tips can help make life better for others.
- Are you a David with songs welling up in your heart? Keep a journal of those songs. Share them at a nursing home or with your church. Your song can minister to a hurting soul.
May we never forget that God gave a “little” Jesus to a hurting world. Let’s give a “little” Jesus to someone today. Your story can make life sweeter for someone in a bitter trial. In Jesus’s name we write on!
by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter
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