“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV
Someone recently told me that I should find out the “why” behind my goals and determine if that “why” is a strong enough motivation to follow through with them. This advice came at a time when I was feeling a bit lost and discouraged. I had been putting off a lot of things regarding my writing because things hadn’t been going the way I had hoped. I was starting to lose my passion and become weary. I kept thinking and praying about the advice given to me and I realized that I had lost sight of the “why” behind my writing.
My writing was never supposed to be just a fun hobby. It wasn’t a means to become rich and famous. It wasn’t supposed to be about me at all. Writing was supposed to be a way for me to bring encouragement to the broken-hearted. It was a way to let the lost know that God loves them and that they are never lost to Him. My writing was and always will be meant to glorify God.
I wonder how much farther along I would be if I had treated God’s calling for me with the same seriousness and passion as He does. How many people would I have helped by now if I was diligent in my obedience to Him? It’s not easy to admit when I have missed the mark but I had to do it in order for me to get back on track. Thank God for His mercy. We should never lose sight of our purpose. God has given us all so many gifts and talents. They’re not just for our benefit but for the benefit of others.
“Do not neglect your gift.” 1 Timothy 4:14 NIV