Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Reformation Writer: Scaring Away the Fears that Spook Your Writer’s Heart by Jerusha Agen

His footsteps were sure as he marched up the stairs, the vital words he’d carefully, prayerfully written clutched in his hand. 
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The doors of the church loomed over him. 

Martin Luther lifted his paper and nailed the ninety-five theses to the door. 

The world would never be the same.

While most of our culture thinks of October 31st as Halloween, some Christians realize that date celebrates something far more important. It’s Reformation Day.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation that changed not just church history, but the history of humanity in countless ways. 

Today, Christians have Bibles in their own language and churches that allow and encourage individuals to study Scripture on their own. Christians have a clearer understanding of salvation by faith alone, through Christ alone. They have a deeper knowledge of the mercy, grace, and providential omniscience of God. These are just a few of the many positive changes brought about by the Reformation.

And it all started with words. As the Holy Spirit moved in Martin Luther and other reformers in several countries, opening their eyes to the truth of Scripture, He guided them to speak of their newfound convictions, but more importantly, to write of them.

Through letters, booklets, and full-sized tomes, the written word became the means by which the crucial truth of the true Gospel was declared.

But what if Luther, John Calvin, and the other reformers hadn’t written a word? They probably had no idea, before they put pen to paper, that their written words would have such enormous impact.

Maybe they were just like us. Maybe they battled fear and doubt that told them their words wouldn’t be good enough, people weren’t going to like what they wrote, they weren’t the right person for the task. 

Luther certainly had plenty of reasons to fear when he wrote his ninety-five theses, letters, and books. People tried to kill him because of his writings, and he knew that when he wrote many of them.

Yet, though Luther had higher stakes and actual danger threatening if he wrote the truth, he still obeyed God’s call. He fearlessly wrote the first words, then more, and then more.

When I sit in front of a blank document on my computer or get stuck midway through a manuscript, fear often assaults me. I’m not a good enough writer to write this story. I’m not creative enough. Readers won’t like it. Agents and publishers won’t want to publish it. Maybe I’m not supposed to write at all. Maybe I’m wasting my time.

Sound familiar? Or maybe you have other doubts and fears, such as worry that this book won’t be as successful as your previously published works. Perhaps that the story or article won’t turn out as good as it is in your head. Maybe that people will criticize or reject you and your writing.

But if you’re a Christian writer, you have a reason and the means to fight those fears. Just like Luther, you’ve been called to carry God’s message, to write His truth and share the hope He offers through your writing.

Our writing may not change the world as much as Luther’s did (though you never know, right?), but following God’s call—beating back the fear to step out in faith—always changes the world, even if it’s only by changing one heart, and even if that heart is the writer’s.

So this Reformation Day and in the days and years to come, let’s be reformers with our writing. Let’s cut through our fears with the assurance that we have been called by a mighty God who has prepared the way and will carry us through to the completion of His work.

You have been chosen and equipped for this exact moment in history. What will you write that will change the world?

What doubts and fears hold you back from writing? How do you overcome them? 

Please share!
About the Author
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is the author of The Sisters Redeemed Series. Jerusha writes about fighting against fear in our everyday lives at the Fear Warrior Blog (www.JerushaAgen.com/blog). Visit Jerusha at www.JerushaAgen.com and connect with her on Facebook (@JerushaAgenAuthor) Twitter (@SDGwords), and Pinterest (@JerushaAgen).

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  1. I much prefer Reformation Day to Halloween--hence why we named the dog we adopted 3 years ago today Luther and not Pumpkin ;) Thanks for pointing out what an example of brave writing these men were!

    1. Haha, I forgot that's why you gave your pup that name. Happy anniversary to you and Luther! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jerusha, thanks so much for this inspiring post on Reformation Day, which I just logged on to read after replaying our church choir's rendition of "A Mighty Fortress." We all need to be reminded to resist fear and follow God's call on our lives as writers.

    1. Isn't that a wonderful hymn, Myra! Such a great call to battle and courage as Christians. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. Awesome article, Jershua! I'm two thirds of the way writing the rough draft to the third book in a series, and my fear is that this book won't measure up to the other two. Although I outline, this point, I'm totally having to lean on God for words. And you've also encouraged me!

    1. Wow, Dawn, I'm so thankful that God used this post to encourage you! Often, I think we're under the greatest attack of fear and doubt when what we're writing is going to be very important. Take heart and stand firm as you battle the fear! God has great things planned for us when we fight the fear and obey His call!

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    1. I'm so glad the post resonated with you, Sharee! Praise the Lord! (And I love your name, btw.) :)

  5. Jerusha, I learned something new today. I had no idea it was Reformation Day.

    And thanks for the reminder not to let fear overwhelm. I'm headed over to sign up for your newsletter.

    1. Terri, this made my day! :) I'm so happy that you learned about Reformation Day this way! Such a wonderful marker of our Christian history and powerful reminder of our God's amazing grace to use fallen people for great change. Thank you SO much for subscribing!

  6. Welcome to Seriously Write, Jerusha! You hit on so many of my own fears, so thanks for the encouragement!

    1. I'm so thankful, Sandra, that this post addressed some of your fears! (It certainly hits on mine, too!) Praise the Lord for using it to bring you encouragement. I LOVE the Lord's reminders that while we fight our battle against fear, we don't need to fight alone.

  7. Wonderful encouragement! Thank you, Jerusha!

    1. Thanks for reading and leaving encouragement for me, Carrie! :)

  8. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really
    something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me.
    I am looking forward for your next post, I'll try to get the hang
    of it!


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