Thursday, June 28, 2012

Building Our Spiritual Muscles

Missy, here. I want to share something with you that I read in my Bible study book. It's from Beth Moore's study, James: Mercy Triumphs.

You know, in our journey as authors, trying to work toward publication, sometimes it seems like we'll never get there. Never be able to live out our calling, to reach out to others in our writing (especially if we see it as a ministry), and to use the gift that God has blessed us with. When I read this quote recently, I thought of writers. Thought I'd share it...

From Beth Moore in the James study book:

"From a throne's-eye view, the point is not just getting us into our proverbial lands of promise where we bear much fruit. The point is developing the spiritual muscle on our way so once we receive it, we are strong enough to keep it. The hardest part of possessing the land is defending it. A person has hardly begun to have a real fight on her hands until she starts serving in her full-throttle giftedness and effectiveness."
Beth Moore, James: Mercy Triumphs, pg. 164.

Missy again... Wow. That really spoke to me.

We shouldn't try to rush God's plan. We need to be working and ready for His perfect timing, letting Him prepare us along the way. I don't know about you, but I want to be strong and ready to make it through that fight.

What do you think?


  1. Hi Missy:

    I enjoyed the sentiments expressed in the quote and I can see how it applies to writers.

    However, I see serving the Lord as a pilgrimage and not as a fight. I believe that we need to develop strong spiritual muscles so we can do the Lord’s heavy lifting in providing aid and inspiration to others.

    I see our mission, as Christian writers, as not one of fighting non-believes but rather one of giving non-believers a stellar example to emulate. Even non-believers believe that ‘by their fruits they shall be known’.

    The more reality we give evil, the more reality evil obtains. This is the essence of ‘turning the other cheek’. Do we fight evil or do we lead others away from it and towards ‘the way, the truth, and the light’?

    Of course, I’m a Unity-type, positive affirmation, kind of guy. : )


  2. Missy, I loved that study. Then again, there aren't many of Beth's I don't like.

    Waiting is hard, but I know that God's timing is better than mine any day.

  3. Vince, I hope you didn't think I avoided your comment! :) I just hadn't seen it until now.

    I think you're right. And that's how I usually feel. But for some reason, this really spoke to me at the time I read it. It hit me more in regards to the writing life than other areas of life. It hit me as a reminder to be patient and enjoy the journey. To understand that God is in control and working the whole way, preparing us for what He has planned.