I've always wanted to write. When I was little, I would right stories about hidden passages to lands full of candy. But I never wanted anyone to read my stories.
Then I finished my novel laced with the emotion that comes with getting to know Christ. It was fiction. The made up characters did my imagination's bidding in a realm I created. It wasn't real, but it was close to my heart. Too close.
I played it safe and showed it to my husband first. His encouragement empowered me to show it to my pastor. My pastor’s encouragement empowered me to show it to a Christian critique group. That’s when my skin truly began to thicken. But, the encouragement intertwined with constructive criticism continued to empower me.
Then I started blogging. After experiencing the true power of encouragement, I wanted to pay it forward and encourage others. But that nagging demon on my shoulder would step in every once in a while and say, “Why are you writing? No one is going to read this. It’s a waste of time. Who are you? Who cares what you have to say? Why bother.” I even lost a couple of friends over one post. Then I really began to question what I was doing.
That’s when I realized I had to stand firm in Christ … to write what He called me to write, no matter who read it, no matter what it cost me.
Thanks to the stats on my blogger, I can see that I have readers in the US, Canada, Germany, Poland and Russia. Why are they reading my blog? What are they getting out of it? I don’t know. But one thing I do know: if I continue to shut that voice up, face my fears and write what God calls me to write in a way that brings honor and glory to Him, He’ll use it. I don’t need to know how he’s using it. I just need to trust that He is.
What fears are keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? Don’t let them stop you. Do what He calls you to do. And when you think you’re not good enough, remember:
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27
Then repeat after me:
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
Now go out there and do what God calls you to do! For Him.