I’d worked hard at learning the craft of writing for a solid three years. Feeling frightened, overwhelmed, and beginning to question my abilities, along with God’s call, the pressure was making its mark. I wondered if all the hard work was worth it.
Would I ever see a book successfully published?
And so I asked God what His thoughts were on the subject. “Lord, am I wasting my time? Did I misunderstand? What do you want from me next?”
My answers came from an unlikely source.
Our women’s group at church had just begun a study on the book of Daniel. A single word in a single line in the first chapter changed my entire perspective on my writing journey. God spoke very clearly from the Bible in answer to my questions. This is what I read that transformed my thinking, and propelled me to continue writing what God called me to.
Daniel 1:8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”
How does this apply to the writing life, you might ask?
I knew I’d just received a specific and much-needed word.
If Daniel could resolve to keep himself from being defiled, I could decide in advance not to give up on God’s design for my life. Daniel trusted God with the plan, and I needed to do the same.
After that, the word resolve started popping up everywhere. At work, in movies, books, and in general conversation, it seemed someone was making a resolution to do something difficult. And those examples helped me resolve to maintain focus on the difficult task of writing.
Shortly after I initiated resolve, a great literary agency signed me. And within months, I received word that my first book had sold. I’m currently resolved to completing the remaining chapters of my first non-fiction release for 2013. And other projects are in the works.
One word from God made the difference for me. I hope it encourages someone else to hold on to the precious message God placed in your heart. After all, if you give up, who knows what we’ll miss?
Don’t let fear defile your talent.
Resolve: keep learning, keep practicing, keep writing. What mental strongholds do you need to resolve through Christ to overcome?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.