Have you ever felt like there isn’t enough room for you at the crafter’s table? Like everyone else has a better idea or is a better writer? Or maybe there are already so many books or blogs out there on the same subject you want to write so there’s no point?
Here is some good news, friend. There is room for you.
Writing and ministry is not a competition. No matter what subject you’re writing on, you can provide a new perspective to that subject. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that. It can be hard to sit down and get writing because of so many things.
Can I be honest with you? Writing feels impossible sometimes, especially as I try to write with three under four running around my house during the day. Even in my designated writing times, it seems I can’t find enough time to focus to write what I need to write. I find that I am distracted or can’t figure out what to say. I’m frustrated by the constant interruption, of kids running through, of them not listening when I tell them to play in another room, of them knocking things over when they’re in a space they shouldn’t be.
It makes me feel like I should give up this whole writing thing because it’s too hard. It’s too hard to get all the words out. It’s too hard to put them in a coherent order. It’s too hard to find the time or even when I have the time to find the focus.
Am I the only one here? I didn’t think so.
As always it seems, I find myself thinking back to discipline and making an effort to write regularly. A speaker shared with us that God has already written all of the words we are to share on our hearts, all we need to do is dig in and find them.
That means if God has written the words on your heart, He has also created an audience to hear those words. These words are on your heart for a reason, for a purpose, for a person.
Maybe you are the person I’m writing to today. Maybe you, like me, feel overwhelmed by what you’re trying to do or you feel like you don’t have it together enough to even try. Maybe your kids are driving you crazy and interrupting you every 20 seconds while you’re taking 20 minutes to write. Maybe you think that all these interruptions mean that your words don’t matter.
Your words matter. Your message matters. You matter.
You know what doesn’t matter?
Social media interactions.
Whether you go viral or not.
Your publishing status.
It’s easy to think that those are the metrics by which we should be judging our work, or even more, our worth.
Remember, dear writer, you have a message that only you can give. You have words that only you can speak in a way that only you can speak them. You have life that only you can give to people.
When you feel like giving up, remember that. Remember that you aren’t desperate to be discovered and that you matter already. There is nothing you can do that will either increase or decrease your value. There is nothing you can do that will make God love you more or less. You are already enough. You are good enough. You are valuable. You are worthwhile.
What do you do when you feel discouraged?