Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Today Matters by Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad
The nature of publishing gives writers years and years to dream about what will happen “someday.” 

Someday, we’ll get THE call. 

Someday, these stories will touch lives.

Someday, our books will be on shelves.

In the meantime, there are no adoring crowds. No packed conference rooms hoping to learn from us. Other than comments from critique partners (usually more aimed at improving the writing than praising it) and a couple notes on the blog or some much-appreciated retweets or shares, all is quiet.

In my home, between bursts of thought that result in clicking keys, I hear the clock tick and my old pit bull snoring on the living room rug. 

Novelists are trained to expect this. Publication takes a long time (as does reaching career goals beyond that first step). So we keep posting and writing and working like each action is a penny in a bank that will someday amount to something.
But each penny has value. Every word does, too. 

Though anticipation, goals, and improvement are all good, let’s not spend so much effort striving for someday that today’s significance gets lost in the bustle. 

Many of us write because we believe God wants to use us, but as we follow him, he is using us. Already. Today.

Regardless of our platform size or our agented/unagented, published/unpublished status, today matters for today’s sake.

Today, God will use our gifts. 

Today, we are commissioned to follow Jesus. 

Today, we can speak hope into someone else’s discouragement whether it’s through a blog post or a card to a friend or a comment on social media. 

There is a meaning and value to all this writing. It’s not about platforms or numbers. It’s not about best seller lists or advances. It’s about being available to God, following Him, and seeing where that leads. 

Actually, I know where it leads. It leads to people’s hearts. As writers, no matter where we are in our careers, we have been blessed with a gift that allows us to be that one voice of hope to that one person who needs it.

Because to the one person who needs it? That means so much more than any words could convey. 

Here I am, Lord. Send me. You can have my someday. All I ask is You give me words for today.

What is God nudging you to write today? How have you been touched by words someone wrote recently?

Tweetable: Don’t let today’s significance gets lost in the bustle of striving for someday via @novelwritergirl

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Emily Conrad is a wife and writer who lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two rescue dogs. Her debut women’s fiction novel is underway with Pelican Book Group. Emily loves Jesus and enjoys summer road trips to the mountains. You can connect with her on social media and at EmilyConradAuthor.com.



  1. Replies
    1. You're so welcome, Heidi! Thanks for reading :)

  2. This is exactly what I needed to read this morning, Emily. With releasing two books within a month, I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Your words helped put me back on where my thoughts need to be right now.

    1. Congratulations on the books, but I can understand how that would be stressful! I'm glad the post encouraged you. God is using you, and this path he has you on is so worth it! :)

  3. In answer to your question, I was just very touched by your words, Emily! As Dawn said, this is exactly what I needed to hear, needed to be reminded of. I love how you said this, "Here I am, Lord. Send me. You can have my someday. All I ask is You give me words for today." I need to write that down and pin it to my desk. I strive so hard for the future and feel like a failure or at least frustrated and disappointed when it doesn't happen like I planned. I forget that God is using me today. I need to rest in Him today and give him my "someday." So beautifully said. Thank you!

    1. Oh, thanks for that! I guess I needed my own post, because it never occurred to me someone would name my words in response to the question! :) God has a plan for each and every one of your todays, and rest assured, he's using you in amazing ways!

  4. Oh, what a wonderful post! I'm a reader - not a writer - but there is so much good advice on living in the present in your words. Living, enjoying and using the day God has given us. This is a keeper! Blessings!

    1. Yes, everyone (not just writers) can use words to encourage others! And whatever big dreams God has planted in our hearts, I believe he has purpose for each day along the way to seeing those dreams come true. He's always working and inviting us to participate in what he's up to :) Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. Wonderful post, Emily! Thank you for the word of encouragement.


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