Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bless the Lord!

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face
shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his
face toward you and give you peace.”
(Num. 6:24-26 NIV)

The words from Numbers 6:24-26 are beautiful and comforting. I always love to hear them spoken at the end of a worship service. What a great visual—God turning His face toward us—smiling—giving us His blessing and peace.

We’re great at blessing each other. We say, “Bless you!” when someone sneezes, a person does something nice for us, or even just in parting and going our separate ways.

Asking for God’s blessing comes easy, too. We ask God to bless our food, our family, our home. We ask Him to bless our businesses with success. Our bodies with good health. The crops with good weather. The list goes on.

As writers, we often ask God to bless our work. “Oh, Lord, please bless me with the right words.” “Lord, bless my meeting today with the editor.” “Lord, please bless the people who read my books.”

Sound familiar?

There’s nothing wrong with asking for God’s blessing. He desires to bless us abundantly.

But, if as Christian writers we’re supposed to think about writing for an audience of one—God—then maybe we should also consider another blessing.

Maybe we should be writing with the goal of blessing God.

Have you ever thought of it that way?

Your words—your thoughts—your stories on paper—being an offering and blessing to Him?

Shouldn’t that be our primary purpose?

This week as you put pen to paper—or type words onto your computer screen—think only about blessing God. See what happens.

Dawn

4 comments:

  1. Excellent reminder. I know I don't always think this way--I want the overall project to be for him but I know I don't commit all my words.

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  2. That's a wonderful way to look at it. There is also much comfort in it. When we're working to bless God, from the depths of our hearts, then we don't have to worry about being right or wrong. We're accepted in his eyes and trying to return all that love.

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  3. Terri,

    I'm glad you liked the post. I have to remind myself of this, too.

    It's soooo easy to get caught up in my own agenda and wanting to prove myself to others.

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  4. Cindy,

    Well put! I agree.

    And doesn't it takes some of the pressure off?

    If we're focused on blessing God - it can't get any better. :)

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