Admit it. You’re scared.
No matter how many times you’ve been published, no matter how many awards you’ve won, no matter how many manuscripts you have finished and waiting in your files, no matter if you’ve never let any of your writing see the light of day…in the far reaches of your mind there’s a voice screaming, “What in the world do you think you’re doing?!?!?!?”
You know, if you let it, fear and panic will freeze you in your tracks.
What do you do with it? Ignore it? Hope it will go away? Tell yourself the next step on the road to publication will finally silence it?
What are we so afraid of, anyway?
We’re afraid someone is going to find out we’re a poser. The little dog is going to pull back the curtain and everyone will see who we really are…and that person is just me.
I’m not a writer. Who do I think I am?
Eventually, someone is going to expose me, and then where will I be?
On my way back to Kansas in an old balloon.
What do we do about it?
Some of us try to build up that flimsy curtain. We think if we write better, faster, switch genres, get the right agent, the right editor, the curtain will withstand prying eyes. We become desperate, frantic in our efforts to be good enough to withstand the pressure when we’re finally found out.
But what should we do?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9 ESV
Joshua was in a pickle. He had enjoyed some success as the military leader of Israel, but Moses was always there to stand between him and God. Moses was the one who knew what he was doing, who talked to God face to face, who always knew the next step to take.
But now Moses was gone. You can imagine Joshua’s panic. He was supposed to lead these people now?
He had been given the mantle of responsibility, and he had no choice. Read the first nine verses of Joshua again.
What has God called us to be? Most of us reading this blog have felt that hand on our shoulder, that irresistible whisper, that compelling urge to express in words the truths God has laid on our hearts to convey.
We have no choice. We must write.
Three times in these nine verses, the Lord tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” It isn’t an option, it’s a command.
“Have I not commanded you?”
It isn’t a choice.
We don’t have a choice, either. If God has commanded us to act, we must act.
Fear has no place here. It has no foothold.
And we won’t be alone.
“…for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Fear, hit the road. I’m no poser, I’m the writer God has called me to be.