Friday, March 1, 2019

Don’t Give Up by Melinda V Inman

Melinda Viergever Inman

Don’t Give Up

If the Lord has gifted you and called you to write, persevere. Don’t give up! He has called you to a vocation that involves much time in the wilderness. Writing for the Lord usually involves long periods of invisibility and seasons of hardship.

As a writer, you are a proclaimer of truth, a prophet. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” Revelation 19:10 informs us. Writers testify, giving testimony to the work of Jesus in our lives, the message of God’s Word, and the calling and impact of the Gospel.

Pause to consider the prophets. Now consider the apostles and the earliest disciples. Reflect upon the lives they lived. Let your mind scroll through your inner files. None lived easy lives. Proclaimers of truth never do.

Elijah faced down the prophets of Baal, and then he ran for his life from Jezebel, overcome with terror. Jeremiah proclaimed a message no one wanted to hear, so they threw him into a cistern where he sank into the mud until he nearly suffocated. When he was rescued, he continued his mission. Stephen proclaimed the gospel to a hardened people. They stoned him. Paul was stoned, beaten, broken, and shipwrecked, and then he gave his life for the sake of the gospel when Nero beheaded him.

Don’t let this scare you. The Lord is with you. Don’t give up.

The Lord has said in Hebrews 13:5b-6 (ESV): “’ I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”

Writers must ponder life, the condition of mankind, and the whys and implications of actions. We must think. We must research. These very acts must involve periods of isolation, times of being alone to consider and to reflect, to dig and to discover, to realize and then to write.

Hardships come into our lives so we can learn the lessons of reliance upon the Lord and the lessons of growth. Then, we’re able to take that message and hone it into a tool to be used mightily in the hands of the Lord.

Why are we able to write fiction with great emotion, with insight into the inner pain and struggles of our characters? We write because we, too, have suffered. Why are we able to determine plot twists and calamities that must befall our heroes? We know because we have seen the impact of these very events upon our own lives.

Writers must have a variety of experiences. Experience teaches. Lessons learned inform. Life lived and pain suffered produces strong storylines and impacts readers in powerful ways.

This is why we write, why we weave the testimony of Jesus into our stories in unique and individual ways. God made us to write. He called us to the task, and he equips us by shaping our lives with rich experiences.

So, don’t give up! Press on!

No matter the obstacle, stay true to this calling the Lord has built into your life. You won't regret it when you see him face to face. He’ll welcome you with open arms, and the Lord who sees all that you experience in the darkness of night, the dark nights of the soul, and the dark times of suffering will repay you for all you’ve given, a reward heaped high and overflowing, an eternity with him in his very presence.

Don’t give up. Lay aside the things that try to pull you from your calling.

With Paul, let us say: “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13b-14 ESV).




Melinda V Inman, Author of Refuge; Fallen; and No Longer Alone

Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda Viergever Inman now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the Midwest. Her faith-filled fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her weekly at http://MelindaInman.com/blog/. To find her work and to be notified of future published novels, follow her at http://bit.ly/MelindasBooks/.

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19 comments:

  1. Thank you, Melinda! I have been tempted to give up Writing in the midst of struggling with depression, but know God has called me to tell this story. Now that I've finished my first draft, here comes the even more difficult process of querying/ handling rejection. Prayers appreciated!

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    1. I'm pausing right now to pray for you, Candice! The process is daunting, but the Lord is with you. Edit really thoroughly before querying for fiction. Get the manuscript as close to perfect as possible, and then query. Follow where the Lord leads you!

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  2. Melinda, just the encouragement I need today as I push through a particularly difficult book. Thank you for this. Oh, on a side note, I have Philippians 3:13 taped to my computer monitor :) Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. I'm glad it was timely, Christina! I love how the Lord does that, sprinkling encouragement here and there, wherever we need it. I love Philippians 3. It's a good passage to tape up.

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  3. Thank you Melinda! I really needed this encouragement today. I am saving this to read the next time I am discouraged. Blessings my sister!

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    1. I'm so glad it was timely, sister! When I pray for guidance about what to write, the Lord usually has me write about something I'm working through in my own heart. The focus then not only encourages others, but uplifts my own heart as well. Affirmation like this lets me know I was on track. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Melinda, thank you for the reminder to persevere. The enemy does want us to give up. And it seems like the Lord teaches me more on rainy days versus sunny. Always makes for good writing material.

    Love this thought. As a writer, you are a proclaimer of truth, a prophet. “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” Revelation 19:10 informs us.

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    1. We do learn more on rainy days than on sunny. You're so right! That one short sentence in Revelation really summarizes (as Revelation does, being the final chapter in the Lord's Book) what prophecy is from front to back. It's all the testimony of Jesus, and God's work in the world through him. We write about that testimony. It's a high calling to write for the Lord. Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

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  5. Thanks Sister for your powerful Post! In a time when we have life, distractions, and of course the enemy trying to torment us to give up on our giftings. Writing is so crucial in this day and age people need hope and God has given us that gift to use it for Him and those who need to hear/read it. Thanks again for this great encouragement. God Bless you and all you put your hands and voice to!

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    1. Thank you for that blessing, Stephen! That's uplifting. These are days where words have great significant. We even carry devices around with us that let us access words (and podcasts in your case) anytime and anywhere. Our words are like spiritual weapons, gospel-rich tools, and winsome beckoning in the hands of the Lord. God bless you, brother, as you serve him amid all the distractions and attacks.

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  6. Such great encouragement, Melinda!

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    1. I'm so glad you were uplifted, Julie! Thanks for letting me know! God bless!

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  7. It makes to shudder to think of the prophets and yet, what great examples! Even so, you have given us encouragement to keep on going. The rewards are many. Thank you!

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  8. Love this: "Why are we able to write fiction with great emotion, with insight into the inner pain and struggles of our characters? We write because we, too, have suffered. Why are we able to determine plot twists and calamities that must befall our heroes? We know because we have seen the impact of these very events upon our own lives."

    If I could write the script of my own life it would have ZERO scene tension. And, thus, be a really boring read. Well said, Melinda!

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  9. Thank you for such a great encouragement to carry us through difficult seasons!!

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  10. Thank you so much, Melinda!!! Such wonderful encouragement. You are right: DON'T GIVE UP! God is using us.

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  11. Truth, truth, truth, and and also for non-fictiin writers. If God called us to write, how we can not? But of course, the road is hard and quitting is sometimes appealing. Thank God also for the passion to write or teach or exhort,... whatever it might be that got us here. Thank you for the encouragement, Melinda.

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  12. Amen. The Lord has called me to write and I will not give up. :-)

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