Breathing increases, heart pumps faster, the adrenalin flows when we are about to experience something new. Entering places or situations unknown to us can be scary and uncomfortable.
When God spoke the above words to Joshua, Joshua was taking over the leadership of the Israelites. He was to lead the people into the land God promised them, a land full of pagans with strong armies. God’s words provided Joshua with confidence to proceed with God’s plan for the Israelites.
Writers love to write. The passion within us to write keeps growing.We have a collection of things we’ve written. Now comes the scary part. We need to let someone else read them. In order to know for sure if our writing is good or needs some improvement is to let someone critique it. It doesn’t matter how many times we go through this process it’s nerve racking. However, to become the best writer we can be we must go through it. “Be strong and courageous.”
OK, we’ve had our writing reviewed by our peers in the writers’ group. We’ve done the rewrites. Now it’s time to send it out to a publisher/editor. “Do not be terrified.”
A few months later the dreaded rejection letter might arrive. “Do not be discouraged.” We do more rewrites and resubmit it to a different market.
Do not be afraid to get your writing out there, to try new approaches, to keep learning the craft. The one thing to remember in this whole process is “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Dear Lord, As I write out of the passion You have given me, help me to keep going and not be afraid. I know there will be obstacles along the way. I also realize I need to keep learning in order to improve my writing. I want what I write to be the best I can do to Your glory. Please give me the courage to keep going and continue to remind me that You are always with me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen