What God Gives
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ( NIV)
Timidity. Timidity can keep writers from success. That lack of self-assurance that what is written is worth reading can stop us in our tracks. Allowing our work to be critiqued by other writers assures us that we don’t have what it takes. But, God did not give us a spirit of timidity. If not a spirit of timidity, then what did he give us?
Power. The God-given ability to accomplish the task, to reach the goal, to be published. God gave us the power to rise above the critiques, the rejection slips, the editors and agents who have providence over our submissions. We have a power greater even than the writing community to help us over any hurdles.
Love. Love for the written word. A love to write something that will inspire, entertain, or educate others. The writer’s joy when the words are on the page, of having written. Love for fellow writers. God’s love for us, the most divine love of all.
Self-discipline. The ability to set the seat of our pants in the chair and put words on paper. The ability to do what it takes to make a deadline. Will power to persevere to “The End.” God
gives us the self-discipline to do what we know we can do. Self- discipline to get ourselves going whether we write full-time or just on weekends or whenever we can grab a minute between our other responsibilities.
Turning to God removes the timidity, gives us power, showers us with love and provides us with self-discipline. With God on our side, we can write. We can be published. We will be read!
Marilyn Eudaly a writer of devotions, personal essays and Christian fiction, is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, past president of the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers, and the Faith, Hope and Love online chapter of Romance Writers of America She has a personal story published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul.