Saturday, January 5, 2008

Devotion - Justified by Faith

This blog is all about writing by faith. As writers we are always seeking acceptance, hoping that we'll be considered real writers, and praying our work will be received by others. It puts a writer in the difficult position of being critiqued, reviewed, and judged by many subjective opinions.

The writer is defined by what they do, and it's who they are. So when others say something about our writing, we feel (inadvertently) it's about us because we identify ourselves by and through our writing. So how do writers pick themselves up off the floor and persevere when their very essense is being kicked by the north, south, east, and west winds?

I don't know how non-Christians do it as they are inspired by the muse within them. But we Christian writers, we write by the Spirit of the Lord and His grace. What did God say to Paul when he asked God to remove the thorn from his side? He said, "my grace is sufficient for you." There are some things we are just going to have to endure.

I've had people say, "don't take it personally. It isn't about you, it's your writing that has to improve." I can't speak for every writer, but for me, it is personal and it isn't just my writing that has to improve. I have to improve. If I don't improve, my writing will never improve. Writing is part of me. It's who I am on this side of heaven.

So to answer my earlier question of how we persevere, I go to the source of my inspiration--the written Word of God, the beginning and ending of all things, the one true author who has sold more copies of His Word than any other author. Only then am I comforted, my faith strengthened, and my commitment to writing refreshed and renewed for the next blowing of the four winds.

"The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations." (Psalm 33:11)

"Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand." (Romans 14:4)


  1. Great post, Jenn.

    And you're right - when we have our work critiqued, it's hard not to take it personal. If someone doesn't like something you write, it's hard not to get a little pouty. I think that's human nature - and boy, we are certainly flawed.

    Thanks for this morning's devotion.

  2. Jenn,
    This is the profound post we needed on Monday---the last day of 2007!
    What insight. But it's true. What really struck me in your post is when you said the people said, it's not you it's your writing that needs to improve. Well, I think you're right, if we improve our writing will improve. We have to grow and learn and love in God so that will reflect in all we do, including our writing. It is who we are and we are defined in this world by our words and actions...what better way to show God's love.
    But if we don't grow and keep learning we will become stagnant.
    Thanks for this post.

  3. Boy did you hit the nail on the head, Jenn. Deep inside, we know we aren't defined by our writing, yet we really are. God gave us the desire to write. The gift. We have to stop and ask ourselves what He is trying to teach us. God knows better than anyone what it feels like to be rejected. We need to lay our crits and rejections at His feet and let Him lead us where we need to be.

  4. I loved that you pointed out the highest selling author of all time is God.