In my last post, I invited you to enter a writer-reader relationship with me. If you are reading this I am assuming you have accepted my invitation or you are checking out the site for the first time. Either way, I value your time. Thank you for being here.
Sometimes writing can be difficult. Beginning feels like sitting in your vehicle, stuck in work zone rush hour traffic. I face the task with procrastination, fidgeting, frustration, nail-biting, and excuse making.
Other times writing is simple and subtle. Jumping in feels as rhythmic and smooth as a calm creek flowing with fresh water over your body. I cannot wait to open my iPad Pro, use the clean writing apps like Bear or Ulysses, and type away.
In either scenario, I must remember three truths to apply while writing or I will burn out quickly.
1. I Am Finite
This means I am going to make mistakes. I may misspell words. I may forget to finish a sentence. I might miss a post because of variables that outside of my control. I might post incorrectly or mess up a link. My website probably will not look as creative as others. I may say something the wrong way, or botch a story, or share inaccurate facts mistakenly.
And this is all okay.
2. I Cannot Live On Praise
Family, friends, and unknown people may not repost my words. They may not like my words. I am not a king in the sovereign sense; therefore, not everyone will praise me.
This is okay.
Others may love, repost, and respond to my words. I may be loved by many because of my words.
This is okay, but not ultimate.
3. The Gospel
All three truths that I must fight to remember can be summed up by remembering the promise ofThe Gospel.
The Gospel is what brings to life the reality that I am finite. I am sinful. I make mistakes. Sometimes I choose to make sinful mistakes (you will read about them).
The Gospel frees me to not be consumed by the praises of readers nor the pessimism of critics.
The Gospel fuels my identity. Because of God’s love for me that He displayed through His Son Jesus, I am free. Free to be.
I am free to work, and rest. I am free to write, and read. I am free to strive at creating good posts, and not be crushed by bad posts. I am free to write poetry and praise other writers. I am free to try to create a clean and easy-to-read website. I am free to be loved, and hated. I am free to write only for this summer, and stop when work starts back again. I am free to not start again until next summer. I am free to continue through the year.
I am free because, “…God has sent the spirit of his son into [my] heart, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So [I] am no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:6-7). I am free because I am not enslaved to my weaknesses. Instead I can boast in my weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). I am free because I am not enslaved to the praise nor disapproval of men (Galatians 1:10).
And let this encourage you, because the Gospel is for everyone. I hope you are challenged to do or create something that excites your heart for God. Whatever it is, be encouraged. God is your refuge in failures and successes.