Honoring the Writer’s Call

Remember the Call

As ambassadors of the written word, we’re called to awaken people to truth. Rubbing words together, we set the world on fire!

Above publishers and agents, God’s our number one boss. With pure, submitted hearts, we make it our mission to please him first.

Am I on the right track, Father? What do you want me to share today? These are the questions we ask.

We try not to judge and compare ourselves with other writers because we know God equips each of his instruments for different specific tasks.

When fearful, overwhelmed, and wondering why we chose this career/ministry path in the first place, we remember… God never calls us where his grace won’t sustain us.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal. 6:9

Persevere in the Call

When tempted to distraction by potentially good things like social media, movies, and chats, we’re privileged to consult our boss: “Please show me what to do and give me the strength to carry it through.”

When tempted to discouragement by trials, we understand they’re God’s method of making us stronger, more Christ-like, and more effective in our writing.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Rom. 8:28

Because we clearly know we have been called to write, we persevere when people judge us, and we remind ourselves it only matters what God thinks, and the Lord sees every heart. 1 Chron. 28:9

We persevere when our paychecks are sparse because we know God will supply all our needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:19

We persevere when the road is rough and slow and we can’t see ahead because we know who leads us each step of the way. (Ps. 37:23)

Balance the Call

Balance starts with rest, and rest starts with prayer. Jesus walked a tight deadline, but rose before dawn to commune with his Father. He snuck away from the crowds to reconnect. Do we sneak away from our characters to bless the Word of words?

Jesus waited on His Father for wisdom and wants us to do the same; but it takes trust.  (James 1:5-6)  When it comes to trusting in the Lord with all our hearts, we often get it backwards, and lean on our own understanding first. Then, when things go awry, we cry “Help me!” and ask him to direct our path. He will, but we must first acknowledge him.  Prov. 3:5-7

Jesus only spent three years in ministry; however, his thirty preparation years were just as important because they defined and nurtured the Father/Son relationship, enabling him, in the right time, to turn the world upside down by submitting to His Father’s peculiar but brilliant plan of reaching the Jews first, then the Gentiles.

God writes a different plan for each one of us. He calls some of us to blog first, others to write books first, and still others to do both at the same time – in balance.

Whether we’re writing, speaking, networking or spending time with the family, God isn’t just interested in what he’s doing through us; He’s interested in what he’s doing in us.  He wants us to joyfully trust him so we can honor him with our calling.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jer. 29:11

Please talk to us about remembering, persevering, and balancing God’s call to write. We’d love to hear your stories, lessons, insights, and experiences.

And what is God reminding you about today?

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33 thoughts on “Honoring the Writer’s Call

  1. Thanks for the beautiful reminder not to compare ourselves to others or to expect more from ourselves than we should. Balance is an interesting objective for a writer. It’s hard to find but quite a treasure to attain.

    • The Bible says “those who compare themselves with themselves are not wise,” but so very many of us are guilty of looking left and right (not that I’m comparing). We use comparison to motivate us when we really need to be motivated by nothing more or less than our love for God and others. Good motivation fosters good balance; but it’s easier said than done, right? Thanks for your comment, Janalyn!!

  2. Such wise words, Cheryl. Thank you for this reminder. God has laid it heavy upon my heart this week to not become prideful. “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8

    I need to remember to pull away from my characters, as you say, and to pull near to the One who made me.

    • I suppose pride is life’s biggest irony: the more we try to elevate ourselves, the more we’re lowered by the Lord. Thanks for that Scripture, Melissa!

  3. Thanks for this, Cheryl. I’m in that place now, quietly working while waiting on His directive. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.” [Ps. 27.14a]

  4. God reminded me today that the work He gave Adam is the same work He gives me, that is, to care for His creation. My writing must do that, too–indeed, any work I do. It is not the writing that is important. It is His plan, His people. As writing fits into that plan, He blesses it, but writing is no substitute for direct interaction.

  5. Cheryl, thanks for a beautiful reminder of what writing in really all about. Today, God is reminding me about perserverance. He rewards those who dliligently seek Him. When my focus is on Him and His plan for my life and my writing, the words come easier and the distractions, temptations, and insecurities fade away.

  6. Cheryl, thank you for answering the call on your life and for the encouragement and inspiration you give us all. Balance is not as the world thinks of it, but as the Lord helps us to balance the work he has given us to do. If it feels like we can’t do it alone, we’re right where He wants us. We have to depend on Him and do our work as unto the Lord. Spending time alone with Him and listening to the Holy Spirit throughout the day will give us the strength we need and take a huge burden off our shoulders. May the Lord bless your day!

    • Amen, Barbara!! You nailed it! We’re God-dependent; and the Holy Spirit will always teach us and carry us through. Blessings on your day as well!

  7. Thank you, Cheryl, for this excellent post. The Lord is encouraging me in boldness this year, but I believe only because last year was all about faith–growing in faith, stepping out in faith, waiting in faith. So this year as I attempt to be bold as He leads me, I can do so with the faith that He’s given me, knowing that as I write–and love my family and do everything else He’s called me to do–He is responsible for the results. I am only called to follow Him.

  8. Thanks for this! As I write YA Christian fiction, it can be daunting just thinking about whether or not my writing or subject matter will be interesting to my target audience. I have been struggling with writer’s block for the last two weeks.

    So thank you for reminding me of the call to write. Thank you for reminding me to PRAY! And to let go and let the Lord work through me. It’s His book, anyway. Everything is His anyway! The cattle on a thousand hills and my little book…it’s all His!

    • Thanks for saying so, Tahlitha! “The Author and Finisher of our faith” reminds me how Jesus is our co-author, so we’ll always finish what’s meant to be finished with Him.

    • My pleasure, Virginia! I love the title of your books, by the way: “Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives” and “Simply Prayer”. Those titles speak volumes, don’t they?

  9. Cheryl, your words are much appreciated! As isolated as we writers can be as we work, it’s uplifting to be reminded that we are never writing alone, but co-authoring and co-creating with God.

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