Monday, October 17, 2011
It usually happens right after we’ve heard some awesome news about another writer who hasn’t been working as long as us…
Or maybe another writer who has time to belt out 2000 words or more a day
Or someone who has just obtained the agent of OUR dreams
Or won OUR award
And then, jealousy or envy grabs at our otherwise benevolent natures…right?
Well, with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Get angry (how dare that person get ……)
Get sad (I’ll never be published; win that award; find an agent… I'm just not good enough)
Get even (spread slander, think bad thoughts about the person, even hold back your encouragement to them)
But – those responses will not get us anywhere.
We’re human. We respond. But because we have the uniqueness of God’s Spirit living in us, we do not have to ‘live’ in that initial response. God can change our responses. He’s given us NEW hearts.
1. Count Our Blessings – what DO we have? What HAVE we done? Even if you’ve only been writing for 1 week – think about what you’ve accomplished in that time.
2. Remember that you were knitted by God for a specific purpose – Celebrate YOU –
You are not an accident. God designed you for His glory in His moment. Only YOU can write the story He’s called you to write. He braided that store into the fiber of our souls when he formed us in our mother’s wombs. Yep, it was THAT special to Him. YOU are that special to Him – and He has a plan for YOU and your stories.
3. Cultivate a heart of contentment – Keep your eyes on the prize, instead of on other people’s prizes. Most importantly, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus – who loves us with an everlasting love. Understanding God holds us helps us become patient (or more patient). Focusing on what ‘might have been’ only makes us miss out on the ‘now’.
4. Hindsight with a purpose – take a look at how far you’ve come and how far God’s brought you. Our eyes should only focus on other people to 'serve' them and learn from them, not to compare ourselves to them. When we see our own writing path through the months or years, we can see our growth. If you don't believe me - go read your very first manuscript ;-)
5. Remember that there is a PERFECT moment – As you are writing your novels, don’t forget that God is writing your story. In fact, it’s already written – and He’s designed the perfect moment to bring out the dreams HE dreams for you. Resting in His love is hard, especially when we want to help along the process, but “He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it…”
Psalm 139: 13-16
13- For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15- My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16-Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
11 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.
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Posted by Pepper at 2:00 AM