Thursday, July 19, 2012

One Thing That Determines Your Course


I’m a huge Tyler Perry fan because everything he writes deals with moral issues and contains messages of hope. 

I recently watched his movie “Good Deeds.”  In the story, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) is a successful, wealthy businessman who has always done what’s been expected. Those expectations involved how he handled his father’s company, his brother’s misbehavior, and his upcoming marriage. But when he gets involved helping a down-on-her-luck single mother, something changes in him. He begins moving towards the life he’s always really wanted.

I relate to Wesley Deeds in this story. I grew up trying to please people—trying to make everyone else happy. People pleasing can be emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. And it can leave a person feeling pretty unhappy and unfulfilled inside if taken to a certain level.

Like Wesley, I’m fortunate. I had people along the way who made it clear that I didn’t have to “please others.” I only needed to please God.

The writer’s life is not an easy one.  Okay . . . that’s an understatement. It’s actually filled with hard work. Sometimes, it can even be downright painful to see other writers receive contracts and accolades while we receive—once again—a rejection from a publisher or an agent. But some of us may also struggle with the following:

  • Family members or friends who don’t believe in us
  • Pressure to focus on careers outside of writing
  • People who have strong opinions on what we should be writing
  • A current market that isn’t excited about our genre
  • A desire to prove to others that we are bona fide writers
  • A yearning to receive praise from our family, friends, and peers

You know what the Bible says? Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT).  Wow! That’s powerful!

We can try to please other people and write for them. We can try to write for ourselves and fame. Or we can focus on pleasing God and writing for him. 

What is your true calling?  What does your heart tell you? It will determine your course.

Are you struggling (or have you struggled) with some of the things listed above? How do you handle situations, people, or temptations that threaten to steer you off course?

~ Dawn

6 comments:

  1. Great article, Dawn. I love how God will affirm us in our writing life. He'll confirm His calling over and over, if we want. And He often blesses us with little "yeses" while await a big one. So grateful for that along the way too. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post, Annette! Sometimes those little "yeses" are just enough to keep us going. ;-)

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  2. What a great post. You're so right, we are not created to please others. We're created to do his will and calling. Finding that call -- and finding our voice -- is the most important thing.

    Thank you so much, Dawn!

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    1. Thanks for comments, Angie! Once we discover our calling ... we need to stay true to our hearts and God's will or we risk being miserable.

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  3. Thanks, Dawn. God is so faithful to answer our prayers for guidance and peace.

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    1. He is faithful,Ocieanna. I guess we just need to be diligent in asking for that guidance and peace. LOL

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