When I first surrendered my life to Christ, I jumped at every opportunity to share Him . . . until my worship leader announced tryouts. I’d enjoyed singing and acting, ever since childhood. So why wasn’t I clambering onto the stage to serve the Lord by using the talents He’d given me? After all, He’d used Christian music and movies to prepare my heart for His loving grace.
Despite my inner battle, I joined the team. I had fun, until guilt and anxiety overwhelmed me. Whenever I sang to Jesus, I felt His presence. But I felt uncomfortable and sometimes ashamed when I walked onto the stage and when people approached me after services and complimented my voice.
I sought wise counsel from my worship leader, who empathized with me. He explained the blessing of discovering our “sweet spot,” the area of service where our talents, skills, and abilities meet our passions.
His words reminded me of Eric Liddell’s famous quote:
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
The Lord’s been teaching me how to embrace the joy of serving, but has also affirmed my real “sweet spot.” Writing.
I feel close to God when writing and am excited to share what He’s doing in and through my life. Still, the marketing side of writing can often be difficult.
It helps me to remember Jesus promised to be with His disciples and empower them to be confident, prepared, and bold in their sharing. The Lord’s own words motivate me to step onto any platform He provides for me to proclaim His name.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV, emphasis mine)
Whether we’re writing for publication or not, every God-honoring word the Lord gives us to write has value and purpose, even if it’s just to feel God’s pleasure as we write.
But if the Lord leads us to share our words with a larger reading community, we can rejoice in the absolute pleasure and privilege of placing His light on its stand and letting Him shine through us and the works we place into His hands.
As our projects become love-offerings for the praise and the glory of our Father in heaven, we can embrace the ministry of marketing and get excited about sharing what He’s doing in and through our writing journeys.
I’m happy to announce Inspire will be hosting a few marketing experts as Guest Bloggers in June. Until then, I encourage you to join me in reading James Scott Bell’s, Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing: The No-Stress Way to Sell Books, currently available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
While not all of us feel comfortable marketing or even standing on a stage, these are skills we can work on together. I look forward to growing with you.