Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Writing Journey

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

As writers, we have chosen to follow a difficult path. I remember, after a particularly hard week, my husband remarked that he wished I’d chosen another career, something simple—like becoming a movie star. 

His comparison was more appropriate than he realized. Success, for both career choices appears, from the outside at least, to rely on being popular with a lot of people. Reaching the top seems to come and go with the whims of an unknown audience. We struggle and strive for numbers—likes on our Facebook pages, followers on Twitter, and ultimately sales numbers. We seek to please our readers, our publishers, even other writers. 


But when we have chosen this path at God’s calling, our focus needs to be somewhere other than those who will read our words. Our audience is an audience of One, and it is to Him and Him alone that we owe our allegiance. He will dictate, with wisdom far beyond our own, who will read our words and the reach they will have. And I for one, am well pleased to leave my destiny in His capable hands. 

So today I encourage you to seek out the joy of your audience, because I know He is well pleased by your obedience to follow His call. Let Him lavish you with praise and protect you from worry. Leave the numbers to Him and concentrate only on the words.

8 comments:

  1. Beautifully said. I tend to forget that times. Thank you for the reminder Edie.

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  2. Selah thank you for the beautiful encouragement. I continue to pray for all my writer friends.

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  3. I, too, often find my focus more on pleasing others than on pleasing the One who is the key to my true writing success. Thank you for the reminder to get myself back on focus.

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  4. Resonates completely with me. Keep my focus on pleasing only God and leave the numbers up to Him.

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  5. You're so right, Edie. We can get so caught up in the numbers and trying so hard to please others. We are pressured to do all we can to market our writing, and sometimes this pressure takes away the joy of the journey. However, I need to focus on that audience of One, and as I heard in my class at church today, approach our daily tasks with thanksgiving for having the opportunity for God to use our writing for His pleasure.

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  6. This is the second time today I was reminded about my audience of One. Thank you.

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  7. "Our audience is an audience of One, and it is to Him and Him alone that we owe our allegiance." I need to inscribe this on the inside of the lenses of my glasses so I will remember it.

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  8. Beautiful reminder, Edie. Thank you!

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