Learning to Approach Your Writing Goals With Open Hands
The New Year is almost here, and many of us are setting goals to ensure 2022 is our best year yet. The first step in the believer’s goal-setting process is to pray. When we set goals God’s way, He helps us achieve them faster and more often than those who fail to take the approach of PRAY-oritizing and pursuing His purposes seriously.
Responding to God’s call to write words that compel others to follow Him rarely includes specific directions for the journey. After eight years of writing, I still don’t have a solid plan in place, but I’m learning that’s OK as long as I’m more attentive to the One who called me than to my calling itself.
I never aspired to be a writer; writing was a hobby until God turned it into a holy passion when spending time with Him became my priority each day. The process feels natural and easy when I write out of the overflow of my time with Him. But something shifts when I sit down to write for someone else; writing this article, for example, I’ve started no fewer than six times in the last two weeks and until today couldn’t get past the first paragraph. Can you relate to my frustration?
No matter my struggle, God is most faithful to provide the solutions I need through the pages of Scripture. Mary and Martha are the main characters in today’s lesson. Do you remember what Jesus said to Martha when she expressed frustration because Mary spent time in His presence instead of helping her in the kitchen?
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, ESV)
Only God can take a story we’ve read many times and use it as a fresh revelation applicable to our current needs. Both Mary and Martha wanted to serve Jesus, but the difference was the posture of their hearts. Martha was distracted; she was serving out of duty and as an avenue to seek acceptance while Mary was surrendered, serving out of devotion.
Writing in hopes of having our words published brings added pressure to perform; we can lose track of time, looking for words that will resonate with the most people instead of writing from a place of servitude to the Lord. If we’re not careful, what began from a place of devotion can quickly turn into self-promotion.
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
Mary understood the secret of surrender, and I believe that’s the lesson God wants us to remember when trying to achieve our writing goals. When my words dry up, I’m learning to step away from what I’m writing and intentionally surrender it back to Him. When we place what He’s given us back into His hands, we no longer have a possession — we have a ministry!
Kelly Kirby Worley
How do you approach your writing dreams and goals? Do you ask God to bless what you’ve already done? Or do you surrender your dreams completely to His plans before, during and after you’ve done your work?
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