Friday, August 14, 2020

Seizing the Day as a Writer in Times of Chaos


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that life can change in an instant. I thought I knew that, but now it’s something I’m hyper aware of, and it’s affected the way I do life, writing life and all the rest as well. 



At the beginning of all this craziness, I ascribed to the hunker-down-and-wait mentality. 

I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to creativity—or much of anything else. I overdosed on news and Netflix. It made my mind and body sluggish and my mood plummeted.

My life was passive as I was waiting for things to settle and a pattern to emerge.

I had become like a certain type of heroine whom I despise. One who just waits to be rescued and lets everyone else have fun sword fighting and saving the day. Not really a picture I’m proud of. 

Luckily God finally got my attention and He whispered some fairly significant truths. 
  • I never was in control to begin with and this time is a reminder of that fact. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:27
  • I was never promised a clear path with predictable outcomes. When you go through deep waters,  I will be with you, When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression,  you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
  • I have been given certain gifts, situations, and communities—as well as jobs to do within them. I was never promised a specific set of circumstances with which to follow my calling. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
  • Life is finite and I must make the most of the time I’m given. Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
  • God loves me and He’s never lost control. None of the craziness of life—now or later—can shake Him from the purposes He’s ordained. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

Yeah. 

That last one. 

God IS still in control. 

I don’t get a free pass from life just because things are difficult and different. 

Instead these are the place where I need to focus.
  • Draw closer to God through prayer, Bible study, worship and praise. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28
  • Exercise my gift. God has a purpose for the gifts he’s given each of us. And He wants to use our gifts to change the world. But if I’m not using them, He’ll move on and use someone. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10
  • Love the people God has placed in my path. To me that means more than friends and family, it means I must truly love—the difficult kind of love—those on the news who anger me, the driver who cuts me off, the grocery clerk who’s exhausted and needs a kind word. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
  • Remember that God isn’t finished. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 

So where does this leave me as a writer in difficult times? Exactly the same place I was as a writer in easier times. And that's an important truth I'm just now embracing. My calling and my purpose haven't changed even if the world around me has. It's time to seize the day and be about the business of writing.

What about you? How are moving on with your purpose in spite of the crazy world around us. 

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram

10 comments:

  1. I greatly appreciate this post, as I have appreciated past posts though without commenting. I will remember your conclusion: "So where does this leave me as a writer in difficult times? Exactly the same place I was as a writer in easier times." Thanks.

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    1. Tawn, thank You so much for taking time to comment! Blessings, E

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  2. I love your words, Edie, during this trying time. They're so encouraging. Thank you.

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    1. Diane, I’m glad I was able to encourage you! Blessings, E

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  3. Thank you for this encouragement, Edie! No matter the storm, God asks us to live each day well, with Him.

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    1. Holli, you’re so right! Thank you for sharing, Blessings, E

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  4. I too thought that the "Shutdown" would spark my writing but I too found doing anything creative difficult. When I wrote it had a negative tone to it so I delete. When I would draw the pictures were more dark in nature or I just stared at the clean blank sheet of paper and never begin. I need to start being more intentional in using my God given gifts for Him during this time.

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    1. Teresa, it is hard. But we’re all stronger when we move closer to God and to each other, Blessings, E

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  5. I have grown closer to God because I realized early one that only He could help me with my anxiety about an uncertain future. I've also had to learn how to write when I have no settled daily routine.

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  6. Thanks Edie. Nothing deep to say, just thanks.

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