Like many of you reading this blog, I’ve been called to write.
One day the Lord surprised me. He held out an unexpected gift. “For me, Lord?” I had to take it. It was right there in front of my face. That’s what you do with gifts. You accept them graciously even if you’re not sure you can use them. When God gave me this gift, it wasn’t my birthday. It wasn’t even Christmas. It was an ordinary day that turned extraordinary!
When I realized what this gift was, it nearly shocked my fuzzy socks off! “Me? A writer? But, but—HOW? Really, Lord—I don’t think I can use this gift. It‘s just not ‘me’.”
God gives each one of us unique gifts to be used for His glory. They’re chosen by the Creator and I’m pretty sure gift-return receipts aren’t included (0; Sometimes they come when we least expect them. When they do, God gives us the ABILITY to develop those gifts for His purposes. Remember Moses?
Someone once said, The Lord doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called. It’s our responsibility to develop the skills needed to perfect those wonderful gifts He planned for us before we were born! That takes a work—HARD work.
There’s a cornerstone Scripture from II Timothy that I apply to the things God has called me to do. He’s called me to be a wife, mother, friend, nurse—and (surprise!) a writer.
II Timothy 2:15 says: “Do your best to present yourselves to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.”
This Scripture is in the forefront of my mind when I write. I want to be a writing-workman who will never give the Lord a reason to regret giving me this gift.
When writing for the Christian market, I want to be certain I don’t stray from the truth of God’s Word. When writing for the secular market, I want to honor God by never compromising and going against my God-given conscience. II Timothy reminds me of these things as I write.
So, if you’ve just realized that the gift God handed you is to write–put your fuzzy socks back on and get busy! Remember II Timothy 2:15. Be a writing-workman for HIM and honor the blessed gift-giver with your best work.