Believe God Called You to Write
The path to becoming an author is filled with challenges, but believing the Lord called you to write is your greatest source of strength and encouragement. Your story is important. Your words have the power to touch hearts and change minds.
Trusting Your Calling and Abilities
Believing in yourself as a writer, especially when you feel called to write by God, is fundamental. This faith in your abilities and your calling can be the driving force that propels you through challenges and doubts. Here's how to nurture this belief and trust in the support that comes with feeling divinely inspired to write.
1. Recognize Your Unique Gift
- Embrace Your Talent: Understand that your ability to write is a unique gift. If you feel called to write, especially in a spiritual or religious context, it’s a calling that deserves to be honored and pursued.
2. Trust in God to Support
- Faith in God: If you believe that your writing is a calling from the Lord, lean on that faith. Don't let anything persuade you otherwise. Remember the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, if he can convince you not to write or that God did not call you to write then he will kill, steal, and destroy your writing legacy. Trust that the inspiration and guidance you need will come to you, often in unexpected ways.
- Prayer and Reflection: Engage in prayer and meditation, seeking clarity and strength in your writing journey. This can be a source of comfort and inspiration, reminding you that you’re not alone in this endeavor. Find scripture that speaks to your areas of struggle. For example, are you lacking in confidence? Read and meditate on the calling of Moses and Gideon. Both of them had excuses and limitations that would exclude them from being used BUT God used them mightily. One thing that helps me is when I think about the fact all the Lord desires is a willing vessel that HE can work through.
3. Overcoming Doubt with Faith
- Combat Negative Thoughts: Doubt is a natural part of any creative process. Counter these doubts with faith – both in yourself and in your calling. Remind yourself that challenges are part of the journey and can lead to growth.
- Scripture: Draw strength from the Word of God. It can offer encouragement and a reminder of the power and purpose of your calling.
4. Build a Supportive Community
- Connect with Like-Minded Individuals: Surround yourself with people who understand and support your calling. This could be a writing group, your church family, or friends and family who believe in your journey.
- Seek Mentors: Look for mentors who can guide you – individuals who have walked a similar path and can provide wisdom and encouragement.
5. Celebrate Your Progress
- Acknowledge Achievements: Celebrate your writing milestones, no matter how small. Each step forward is a testament to your belief in yourself and your calling.
- Reflect on Your Journey: Regularly take time to reflect on how far you’ve come. Remembering your progress can boost confidence and reinforce your belief in your abilities.
6. Continuous Learning and Growth
- Embrace Lifelong Learning: See each writing project as an opportunity to learn and grow. This mindset will help you see challenges as opportunities rather than setbacks.
- Adapt and Evolve: Be open to how your writing and your understanding of your calling may evolve over time. Growth often involves change and adaptation.
7. Trust in the Process
- Patience and Perseverance: Understand that writing, especially when it’s a calling, is a journey. It requires patience and perseverance. Trust in the process and in the timing of your progress.
Believing in yourself as a writer, particularly when you feel called to this path, is about blending self-faith with spiritual faith. It involves recognizing your talents, trusting in divine support, building a supportive community, and celebrating your journey. With this belief, bolstered by faith and perseverance, you can navigate the challenges of writing and fulfill your calling with confidence and purpose.
Your author journey is uniquely yours. Cherish every step, from the first word to the last period. Remember, every great author started just where you are now – with a dream and a blank page. So, take a deep breath, pick up your pen, and start writing. Your story awaits!