|Sometimes the way ahead looks foggy.|
If you're like me you have moments when it feels easier to give up on something than to dig deeper and find the heart to continue a challenging pursuit. It usually involves my writing, but yours might be a totally different thing.
The Enemy of My Soul
The enemy of my soul speaks through many voices. In the past I’ve heard him in a colleague’s criticism or a teacher’s harsh comments. He speaks through a friend’s careless words or an acquaintance’s question.
Even though the speaker didn't intend it so, I hear a negative message.
- You mean you’re going to actually try to write a book?
- Who do you think you are?
- What in the world do you have to say that anyone would have any interest in reading?
When that doesn't stop me, he whispers in my ear about how much better others are doing:
- She has an agent.
- He has published two books since you began that silly novel.
- Have you seen her blog and the number of followers she has?
- She won first place.
Sometimes he mocks me.
- You’ll never finish that book.
- You’re too lazy,
- too busy,
- too distractible,
- too insecure. . . .
The Eternal Solution
However, when I’ve spent enough time in the presence of my Maker, I recognize the enemy’s taunts for what they are--my own imagination working overtime.
I remind myself that God put the desire to write within me. He created me to work with and for Him by developing my craft.
All He asks is that I listen and embrace the prompts He drops into my heart.
He also reminds me it's counterproductive to compare myself to others.
And, of utmost importance, I need to leave the outcomes to him.
So as an act of faith, I thank God for the gifts He has given me, and I pray for inspiration and the courage to continue my efforts. Then I seek to honor Him by writing down the words that echo in my soul.
I also pray He will help me guard my words lest I become the enemy’s mouthpiece and ask him to fill my mouth with a message of encouragement for others.
I keep this little plaque by Leigh Standley of Curly Girl Designs near where I write to remind me on foggy days of my Savior's faithfulness.
"After all that—she was
surprised to find that she still knew
the words to the song in her heart… and
she began to sing along.
She happily set free her
Curly Girl, Leigh Standley
Whatever your calling, my prayer for you is that you will hear God's voice concerning it, take courage and work at it with all your heart.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus
for good works, which God prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them.
Eph. 2:10 (ESV)
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Labels: Curly Girl Designs, Devotional, Discouragement