I used to worry that God was displeased with me as a writer.
I thought about writing constantly. I obsessed over what was about to happen in my book. There was little room in my head for anything that wasn’t related to writing. Surely He was unhappy because of this thing I loved so much.
But then God began to heal my heart, and my thinking changed. He is teaching me that when my eyes are on Him, everything I do is worship. Everything—from brushing my teeth to reading a book. From using the numbers He created (who knew a little thing like counting could be something beautiful?) to opening my laptop and seeing where He and I left off in the current story. I think this is how life was meant to be lived—where every activity has the possibility of being something more.
Writing from a Position of Worship
When we write with God, something amazing happens. Our efforts somehow shift to become an act that is sweet and beautiful, tender and lovely. What we do as writers grows into something that is more than writing.
When it is worship, our writing carries more spiritual weight than I think most of us understand, and it has the potential of spreading out and going places we didn’t expect. Writing, then, is something God loves, and He loves to partner with us in our endeavors.
It is amazing what you can produce as a writer when you write from a position of worship.
It’s More Than a Book
Here are a few thoughts on how to write with God:
- Ask God for His help, even though you could write this book on your own. When I first started doing this, I didn’t realize how much I needed His help. Somehow the asking brings the realization of need. He truly makes everything better.
- Commit the book to God (Proverbs 16:3).
- Ask God to help you hear His voice as you write.
- Purposefully turn away from every voice that isn’t God’s. Don’t listen to shame, fear, condemnation, hopelessness, etc. Those things are lies.
- Spend time with God on a regular basis. Learn what His voice sounds like.
Expect God to help you with your book. This isn’t something you’re doing alone. You get to work with Him, and every day you get to experience what it is like for a book to be more than a book.