Thursday, July 16, 2009

Be An Encourager!

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.”
(1 Thess. 5:11 NIV)

We're supposed to encourage each other.

Christianity 101. Lift one another up. Be supportive to family members and friends.

It may come naturally to kiss the skinned knee of your five-year-old and assure her it’s going to be okay.

You may approach your son with a smile after a disastrous Little League game and with conviction in your voice, express the way he slid into home base was awesome!

After looking over the pile of bills needing to be paid, you may remind your spouse that God is still in control, and together the two of you will find a way to get by.

But as Christian writers, we should not only have the desire, we should also consider it a part of our calling to uplift our peers.

Do you meet with a critique group? As you offer honest feedback to a fellow writer, temper the constructive criticism with praise. It’s not easy too put your heart into words on paper, only to receive negative comments. It leaves a person feeling defeated.

Do you attend writers’ conferences? Watch for the person who may not be having the best experience, whether feeling out of place, or from receiving less than encouraging words about their work.

Do you have a friend who also writes? Rejection letters from editors or agents are a given. If it hasn’t happened already, it will. Words of encouragement may be needed for that writer to not give up.

Have you ever read a novel you absolutely fell in love with? You became immersed in the characters’ lives and their story moved you? Write and tell the author. Even the multi-published need encouragement. They need to know their labor of love was not in vain. They need to know their words touched a reader.



Have a great week . . . and be an encourager!


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