This is a message to all of my writer friends (or not :)) – whether you’re an accomplished or just an aspiring one. We ALL run the risk of committing the following sins, even if you don’t think you’ve achieved enough to make many mistakes. Like Jesus said in Matthew 25:23, “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” The time to learn to do what is right is NOW, regardless of where we’re at on the road to publication!
So here is my plea that neither of us become the kind of author who:
Thinks They’re God’s Gift to Earth – I’m annoyed at good Christian people who think that anything that crosses their mind is God’s will. And they might be often used by God, but it doesn’t make them less human. Sometimes they’ll still have impressions and impulses that are from the flesh – not necessarily sinful, just mistaken.
I pray to never be the kind of writer who assumes to know it all. That I never get offended with correction, but always remain open to where God leads me.
Thinks They’re The Scum of The Earth – You know, pride can manifest itself on the other extreme as well. Believing we’re so bad that God can’t do anything through us is a way to put our limitations ahead of God.
This industry is tough, and it’s SO easy to feel small when our dreams seem so intangible. When we receive that rejection, or read that book that’s so much better than ours. But we serve a God who isn’t bound to our logic. He decides what gets published and what doesn’t. If we try to hide in the feeling that we just can’t do it, we’re rejecting Him as much as the ones who think they’re self-sufficient.
Thinks Writing is ALL There Is – Let us be careful not to make writing our religion. I hate it when I realize I’m more into novels or writing blogs than the Bible, and that happens much more often than I’d like to admit.
Some obsession, I believe, can be healthy – it’s normal for us to be passionate about what God has called us to do. But as with any ministry, it can’t become our center. That would be building our house on the sand and not on the rock, who is Jesus (Matthew 7:24–27).
Think about it – what keeps you going? Reaching new writing accomplishments (finishing a chapter or getting a contract) can feel like a drug. The more we have, the more we want it. But only God can satisfy our thirst completely (John 4:1-29), not people’s – or our own – approval.
Forgets to Live Outside of Books – This goes along with the latest point. The fact that God has ignited the fire in your heart to write doesn’t excuse you from other areas of your life.
I pray I’m never the kind of writer who forgets to be present at home just because I need to be present for my characters. That I can still laugh and have a good time with my loved ones even if I hadn’t had a good writing day. And that I never believe the computer is my best friend, because it isn’t.
Do you have anything to add? What kind of author do you hope not to be?