When was the last time someone praised your writing?
Every compliment I receive means a lot to me because—well, you know why. You know exactly why, because you’re a writer, too. If we don’t get encouraged regularly, we start to think no one loves us. Really, as a group, we can be quite needy.
Much of the time, it is difficult for us to see what is true and real.
As a writer, you are a walking, talking, breathing well of experience and wisdom that can benefit other people. You have so much to offer others, but you may or may not realize this because of a common writer shortcoming. Most of us tend to stare unblinking at our faults. We don’t see the possibilities that are actually there.
God took a bunch of people who struggle, fall down, make mistakes, get back up, stumble again—and He gave us the ability to communicate what we’ve learned to others, so others will be better off than they were before. We were made to be blessings.
The Bible calls this comfort. We get to comfort others with the comfort we received from God (2 Cor. 1:4). Comfort can take different forms. Sometimes it looks like physical contact—a hug, a pat on the hand, sitting with someone, spending time with them. Other times it looks like this article you’re reading right now. I hope to encourage your heart by sharing with you something that is dear to me.
We are “jars of clay” filled with gold (2 Cor. 4:7). Sometimes all we need to do is turn our hearts inside out so people can see Him—the piece of Him we carry.
You have something to offer others. You have wealth stored up inside you that you get to take hold of, form into something that communicates well, and then present to other people, so you can be a comfort and provide strength to them.
This week, consider the following questions:
- Do I understand my value?
- Do I really believe what God has told me?
- What do I have that I could give to others?
- How do I want to communicate to others the truths God has taught me?
- What is the “comfort” I could offer other people?
Be brave, start writing, and understand the season you’re in. It is time to go on an adventure, where you present the heart of God with ink.