Writing for God is decidedly different from being an average writer. What we do, how we do it and even what we gain from it are unique experiences.
We write because God has given us a voice and we want to use that voice to bring others closer to him. Our goals should not be to make money or become famous. But since those are the things generally associated with success, how do we measure our success without them?
To answer this question we must ask ourselves another: “How does God define success?”
Obedience is Key
When David was dying he gave his son Solomon some advice,
“Do what the LORD your God commands and follow his teachings. Obey everything written in the Law of Moses. Then you will be a success, no matter what you do or where you go.”
That advice is still relevant today. If we obey God and follow his lead with our lives as well as our writing, we will be successful. It may not yield riches or power but being obedient and fulfilling our purpose is worth much more in the only kingdom that matters.
One Is A Priceless Number
If my blog only gets 100 hits today and I get one comment, am I still successful? Yes. The truth is that in God’s economy, reaching one person is a priceless thing. If that one blog comment says, “I really needed to hear this today,” you’ve done a great job! If today you can string words together in a way that changes one person’s day and points them in the right direction, you can count yourself as crazy successful.
Focus On God, Not Gifts
You’re probably writing because God gave you a gift and the action of using that gift towards God is a powerful thing. Rumi said, “there are many ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Writing is our offering, it’s an act of obedience and if we try to make it about ourselves, our sense of success is skewed.
- Are you focusing on your writing or on your God?
- Are you focusing on the gift or the giver?
- If you’re not feeling fulfilled, contented or successful, perhaps you’re focusing on the wrong thing.
Sometimes it’s easy to stumble on the gifts God gives us if we take our eyes off him. If you are focused entirely on God the rest will come and no matter where we land, we’ll have success. Remember, a gift used for ourselves is called talent. A gift used for God is called grace and being full of grace is worth more than a million blog hits, worth more than a spot on the New York Best Sellers list and worth more than any amount of money could imagine.
QUESTION: How do you define success as a Christian writer?
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