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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
This verse, one of my favorites, comes right after another telling us not to store up our treasures on Earth, but to store them in Heaven. I like to think that’s what we do as Christian writers. It means that words we struggle to write have Heavenly value, whether they are published and read by millions, or jotted on a note card for someone in need to see.
What about that stack of rejections on your desk? Besides keeping them to prove to the IRS that you’re seriously pursuing a writing career, what value do they have? It may not seem as though this stack hosts a hidden treasure, but it really does. Because it proves you are following your calling. Rejections aren’t glamorous.
In fact, they are pretty depressing. They don’t necessarily lead to treasures in this lifetime.
There’s a real pressure on new writers to polish their work, join critique groups and quickly submit, as if they aren’t validated as writers without publication. It can feel overwhelming at times, sucking the joy and motivation from our creativity. But if we can step back, and realize that what we write is planned by Him and not us, and for a purpose we may or may not ever know this side of Heaven, we can enjoy the process and know we are following His will. We never know if something we write will touch just one person, according to a divine plan.
Write words from your heart, pray for direction, and you’ll store your treasures where it counts.