God put this post in my heart a little while ago, but I feel like it’s time for it now. I discovered that I love writing when I was eight years old. I wrote a poem about a dog in fourth grade, it rhymed and it won an award at my school’s writing celebration. When I think about that poem now, I laugh because it was really silly but it opened my eyes to something that I adored. I am 32-years-old now, so I have been writing for 24 years. That’s a long time!
In my years as a writer, I’ve received tons of rejection letters. With each rejection letter, I didn’t let it stop me. I kept on writing because God put a passion in my heart for writing. I kept applying to writing jobs all the time. For a long time though, it seemed like writing would never be anything but a hobby for me.
Why did I keep writing? Well, for a while, it was because people (mostly my parents) kept telling me that I was good at it. It had also become an outlet, something I did that helped me deal with emotional situations. Finally, I kept writing because the Lord promised that He was going to give me opportunities to use the gift He’d given to me. Mostly, I just kept writing because I loved doing it!
Honestly, I doubted that God would be able to fulfill His promise to use my writing. How was He going to find anyone who wanted to hear what I had to say? I wasn’t as educated as other writers were. I had discouragement running through my head all the time:
“I have nothing to say.”
“I’m really not a good writer.”
“God can’t make people want to read my stuff.”
“I should just give up. Why waste my time?”
Remember, I said the Lord promised to use my writing. I found the ad for Project Inspired on March 28, 2011 and I said a silent prayer: “Lord, this would be the most awesome opportunity ever! I would love to do this, can I?” Then the doubts came back. Well, I sent an email anyway with a link to my blog and Facebook page and I thought, “at least I’m getting more practice applying for writing jobs.”
When I received an email from Project Inspired on April 5 congratulating me and offering me the position of The Christian Secret blogger, I cried! I started praying and worshipping God, then I started running and skipping around my apartment!
God never promises things that He isn’t planning to fulfill. If God has put a passion for something in your heart, whatever it is – dancing, singing, writing, teaching, acting, art, sports, whatever it may be — pursue it! If it seems like it’ll never be more than a dream, then give it to God and ask Him to use it however He wants! He will! If God has made a promise to you, He will fulfill it. Read the story of Abraham, it starts in Genesis 12.
Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.