Thursday, March 6, 2008

Planting and Watering (Not in Your Vegetable Garden--Your Servant Assignment!)

Check out the photo closely! Isn't that great? :) It's titled Neglected Bible on, photo by Robertpauljr.

As I was reading my devotional this past weekend, I came across this passage:

Who do you think Paul is, anyway? Or Apollos, for that matter? Servants, both of us—servants who waited on you as you gradually learned to entrust your lives to our mutual Master. We each carried out our servant assignment. I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It's not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God's field in which we are working.

I Corinthians 3: 5-9 (The Message)

Of course, as I read, I thought of my writing. It really struck me that we each have our own contribution. And I also thought that sometimes my stories could possibly be a seed for someone. And sometimes they could do some watering. One of the biggest joys of having my first book published has been getting emails and letters from readers. I'm nearly in tears sometimes as I read them. (Okay, I'll go ahead and admit that two or three of them have made me cry!) And I'm always blown away when someone says how the story or character struggles really spoke to them.

But even through the thrill of that reader feedback, I'm reminded that only God can take something that I've done out of love and enjoyment and use it to change people. Without God, the planting and watering is useless, a menial servant job.

God has to do the growing! So I'm going to pray each time I sit at the computer that God will take my bit of gardening and use it to touch a life.



  1. Missy,
    What a true post this one is! I was asked to do an interview earlier this week with a local paper about my book reviews. When I hung up that phone the realization of what my words (written and spoken) convey hit me like a ton of bricks. Like you, I am going to do a lot of praying before I write anything because I want my words to reflect God and not me - even if it's just a book review.

    God is truly so awesome! I just can't get over the thrill of so many great books (like yours) that are shining His light into the world of fiction!


  2. Thanks, Kim!

    Yes, I did a radio interview a few weeks ago, and I was a wreck. I wanted to make sure to keep the focus on how God has blessed me through this book. It's not easy to do in all the excitement and when someone else is asking the questions.

    YOu're right that we need to think about honoring God in all our writings (reviews, blogs, emails, articles, books--fiction and non-fiction).

    Thanks for stopping by today!


  3. Missy,

    Great post. We need to take God in to live Him out in our lives. And it is sometimes hard when we get caught up in the world to always be the way we are supposed to be, but the more we study, read and know God by praying, the more we are able to stay on track.