Writing & The Christian Walk Pt. 2
If there is one thing I've learned through the process of writing my first novel, it is the fact that I can't do this without God. I know that may sound so cliche, and having grown up in the church you would think I had figured this out before now. Sure, I knew that I couldn't really do things on my own. But I'll be honest, there have been days and weeks and even months where I seemed to get along just fine without God being a huge part of my everyday life. Until now.
Since starting on this writing journey I have found that the words just do not come unless I spend time with the Lord first. Not to say that when I'm stuck on a scene all I have to do is grab my Bible, read a few verses and then I'm good to go. No. However, on the days I try to jump right in and get started without praying over my writing or spending time in communion with the Lord I often find myself unable to focus, or having to re-write the same few sentences five times. It's humbling. I think that for the first time I have tangibly seen my need to depend on the Lord and not my own self. I view my writing, the plot line...characters... all of it, as a gift from God and as such, it's foolish of me to think I can create without Him. Yet, so often that is what I try to do.
I thought my writing was about me ministering to college girls. I'm realizing even more so it's about my own relationship with God, but then again, shouldn't that be the beginning and end of everything we do? When you decide to trust the Lord and say yes to following a dream He has placed on your heart it is like stepping through a door and reaching a whole new level in your relationship with Him.
So, what's holding you back from listening to the still small voice of God and following what He has called you to? Fear? Worry? Logic? Whatever it may be I can promise you that what you will gain in your relationship with God makes it all worth it!
For more of what I've learned through writing click here!