Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Even If There’s Only One by Heather Norman Smith

Every once in a while, I wonder if it’s all worth it. Does it really matter? I pour my heart into story after story, day after day, and, begrudgingly, into the platform building that’s apparently required to “make it” in publishing. I long to share my words and to somehow make a difference in the world, for Him, but it often feels like I’m spinning my wheels.

Then I think of the Good Shepherd—how He left the other sheep behind because there was value in one soul. Just one was worth saving, worth reaching. And it makes me realize that, if all the time and emotion I invest in creating a book only benefits one person, it was worthwhile. It can’t save their soul, but if it brings joy, if it illuminates the love of God in the smallest way, then it’s worth the effort. And that’s true even if the person receiving the blessing is me.

Your art will never be in vain. Your words will never be useless.

God the Creator has a purpose in the gifts He’s given you, whether it’s to bless millions or only one. It’s worth it. We may not sell millions of copies of our books, and the story may not be life-changing for the reader, but if it merely entertains for a brief while, that’s enough. It’s possible that God will use the words in ways you never see, but rest assured, it’s worth it.

Keep writing, trusting Him to use the gift to bless whom He will—even if there’s only one. 


Heather lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina with her husband, their three children, and several pets. Her first novel “Grace & Lavender” released 3/1/19. Her second, “Where I Was Planted”, will be releasing sometime in the summer. Along with Christian Fiction, she enjoys writing devotions, children’s stories, and songs, and she loves singing about Jesus as well. You can visit her at