Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Good and the Bad ~by Susan Tuttle

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Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 
~2 Corinthians 4:1

I read this verse recently, and it brought home two points as I approach this writing ministry. I thought this might be a good place to share. :)

First off, if you’ve been in writing long, you know it’s full of rejection. No two ways around it, closed doors and “no’s” are all part of the game. We talk about growing thick skin and learning to love “constructive criticism”…all of which is true. Yet it can start to seep into our bones. Is this all worth it? Will I ever be published? Am I even good at this whole writing thing?

Fact is, if God has given you this ministry of writing, then yes, you are good at it. Yes, he’s going to use your work in some capacity. And yes, it is more than worth it. Do you still need to grow and polish your talent—of course! Does that mean you’re going to sell a million books? Nope. You might have written that one book just for the editor who rejected it but found healing in its pages nonetheless. And that is what makes it worth it. If you only change one person with your writing—and never even see it, just have to believe it—then it is still worth it. Because God’s seeing it, and he’s got the instant replay waiting for you to watch some day. Amen? Yes. Amen!

So don’t lose heart. This ministry that you have is all through God’s mercy. The rejection doesn’t lessen what he’s doing through you. Keep pushing forward, believing in the talent he’s given and that he’s using it, even when you don’t see it! Someday—either here or in heaven—you will see it.

Which brings me to the second part. While we cannot take on the rejection of this ministry, we also cannot take on the glory. He’s rather specific about this, in fact, one of my favorite reminder verses says: I am the Lord, that is my name! I will not give my glory to another! Isaiah 42:8 He doesn’t beat around the bush. Look. He’s even got exclamation points, and as a writer we know not to just throw those around. Touching his glory is like trying to take his place, and that never ends well. We don’t shine for people to see us, we shine for people to see him—it’s the reason he lights us up with his fire. Don’t redirect it.

I guess bottom line is this…your writing ministry is God’s. The good and the bad of it. Don’t touch either. Don’t lose heart in the “no” and don’t take the glory of your “yes”. Just let him use you however he sees fit. It’s a wonderful ride :)  

Susan Tuttle
Susan Tuttle is a homeschooling mom of three who is crazy about coffee, dark chocolate, and words—both reading and writing them. Combine that love of words with her passion for leading women to a life-changing encounter with Christ, and you’ll find her crafting Inspirational Contemporary Romance stories laced with humor, love, and healing transformations. When not cheering on her Ironman hubby, chasing the family dog, or tackling complex math problems to teach her kids (yes, even the third grader), you can catch Susan at her blog, Steps.


  1. Words of freedom, Susan, for those who work so hard and wonder if they're getting anywhere. Thanks. :)

    1. :) It can be hard in the midst of this process to remember God's in control of it all:)

  2. I so agree with you, Sandra! And I enjoyed your heart-felt words today, Susan. I'd sure like an even-keel on this writing journey LOL. And your article today makes me wonder about entering "contests" for published works...who's glory are they for, ya know? Seems vanity...I get entering 'em pre-pub to gain an editor's interest but...Thanks for the thoughtful words today! God's blessings on your continued writing journey, Susan.

    1. Thanks, Tanya:) And I'm up in the air with contests too. I think it's all about the heart behind it. Being open to God moving your journey however and wherever He wants it to go. I find the farther I move in my writing, the closer I need to draw to Him.

  3. And the "no's" don't stop coming even AFTER publication, Susan. :)
    Awesome post. Thanks so much for the reminder that God's in control of the good and even the...not so good.

  4. Heart-warming post, Susan. Thank you for the reminder.

  5. Well put Susan - it can actually be applied to many times in life when we are faced with either rejection or praise. I found it very inspiring


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