There are time-consuming activities in life. Dusting, laundry, baking, talking to a friend, answering a text, checking life’s important issues according to social media. All of them have the capacity to keep a writer from writing. Some are necessary and possibly even good, while others tend to be distractions.
Distractions grow louder and larger when the challenges and hard work of writing loom all around.
I have texted a friend and said, “Please pray for me. I think I want to stop writing.”
During moments or hours of frustration, I’ve knelt and pleaded with God to give me a different ministry.
Each time, during the ravaging thoughts and tumultuous feelings, He prods me to truth.
God draws me to words from Habakkuk 2:3 (NASB):
For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail, Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.
My heart stirs in the hope of God’s plan now and still to come.
I read Ephesians 2:10:
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
My soul breathes in the joy of God’s design on my life.
God leads me to Luke 1:45:
And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.
My innermost being rests in all God has placed inside of me before this day.
And I remember:
I write for God’s heart to share in His blessing
I write for myself as a reminder of all God has done and shown me
I write for friends in hopes of encouraging them
I write for readers to point them to my heavenly Father.
God calls preachers, teachers, nurses, doctors, plumbers, store clerks, IT people, bankers, and many people in different occupations and jobs where He will bring about interactions in which to share His name.
But a Christian writer’s life is unique. Time alone is the norm.
In those solitary moments, the devil often offers distractions as much as possible. He’s scared. He knows when a writer has dedicated his or her life and gifts to the Lord’s use, the trajectory of a reader’s life has a greater chance of change by the truth shared in the written word.
On most writing days, I don’t witness long-range results. Distraction becomes welcome.
More often than I would like to admit, I do want to quit. But a quote from Return of the King (Lord of the Rings movie three) plays through my mind. Aragorn is about to lead his small army against a more powerful, menacing one. He rides from side to side in front of his band of scared misfits and gives them a rousing speech toward courage.
My own paraphrase of what he says is on a card, which sits before me at the base of my computer. “There may come a day when I give up and quit, but not today.”
I also give my attention to the verses listed previously and I refocus.
When discouragement and distraction threaten, I must turn my heart back to the work God has given me to do and stand in His strength and courage.
Let’s not give the enemy the satisfaction of winning in this day. Let’s set distractions aside, sit down, and write on.