Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Confident in the Write Way by Emily Wickham

 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5, NASB)

Sitting at the traffic light, I was frustrated when the green signal repeatedly skipped my lane. I thought I knew how to solve the problem although I questioned my instinct. I also was blocked in by other vehicles. Finally, however, an opening emerged that enabled me to move forward. Now at the head of the line, I pulled up far enough to trip the light. Sure enough, our signal turned green in the next cycle. 

I was elated, feeling great about my success even though I hadn’t been entirely confident at the outset. 

Writers also encounter problems and question their sense of how to respond. 

For instance, we can experience a limited audience, lack of connections, sparse funds, doubts about our abilities, and so on. One or all of these scenarios can lead us to spend enormous amounts of time second-guessing ourselves rather than proceeding forward with a confident mindset. In addition, insecurities and fears can paralyze us. 

Though we long to be confident writers, we sometimes battle unwelcome thoughts and feelings such as: 

• Insecurities about what we know and what we don’t know. 

• Insecurities about who will read our words and who won’t. 

• Fears of falling and failing. 

• Fears of standing out and succeeding. 

Christian writer friend, this is not God’s plan for us. 

The Lord didn’t entrust us with skills so we could wait for the “perfect” moment to use them. Writing requires faith, the opposite of fear. And faith helps us to be confident—not in ourselves but in the God who has called us to write. 

Scripture provides examples we can apply: 

• Timothy was afflicted with timidity, which didn’t serve the Lord, others, or even himself well. Perhaps he battled insecurities about his ability to pastor. After all, he was young, and he belonged to a Gentile father. Yet God chose Timothy. He planted gifts and talents inside him with the precise purpose of using this godly man as a pastor. Plus, the Holy Spirit equipped Timothy along the way, strengthening him to accomplish the Lord’s purpose for his life. 

• Remember also the parable of the talents in Matthew 25? The servant who caved in to fear angered his master because he wasted money by not investing it. In the same way, we squander God’s gift to us when we hide our writings from others. The Lord desires to speak through us, and we’re responsible to share each message He provides. Our adequacy rests in the One who created us, and the words we write as Christians carry eternal significance. 

Let’s not nurse our insecurities or cave in to fear. Instead, let’s hold our Father’s hand as the confident writer He created each of us to be. 

We’ll be elated with the success He brings.

Writing requires faith, the opposite of fear. @emilywickhamPH @MaryAFelkins #WritersLife #WritingCommunity #SeriouslyWrite

Note: A longer version of “Confident in the Write Way” first appeared on September 22, 2020 at www.proclaiminghimtowomen.com

Emily Wickham seeks to stir hearts toward Jesus. She writes for LifeWay, speaks at ladies’ events, and shares “Devotions for Women” videos on social media. Emily encourages Christian women plus equips Christian writers on her blog, www.proclaiminghimtowomen.com. She is the author of one Bible study, which was translated into Spanish in 2016. 

Emily, a resident of North Carolina, is Mark’s wife of 30+ years. They are the blessed parents of four adult children and two daughters-in-love. God’s faithfulness and love inspire Emily on her journey through life as she purposes to exalt Christ through written and spoken words. 

Connect with Emily: 

Alcanzando la Justicia
Do you know any missionaries to Spanish-speaking women? Or, is your church involved in outreach to the Hispanic community? Emily would love to put her Bible study on Esther into their hands, and she’s willing to fundraise for this purpose. Please see her website for more information. You also can purchase Alcanzando la Justicia on Amazon.