At the beginning of January, I joined a writer’s workshop. I thought it would be a great opportunity to mature my writing. Once a week, we get together and review chapters that people have written over the past week. One of the things that has challenged me more than anything is word count. How many words am I producing each week?
This is both frustrating and exciting. There are days that I type somewhere around 2500 words. Then there are days that I stare blankly at the screen, uninspired. Sometimes I am uninspired because I have so many others things to think about or take care of in that day. Sometimes I am uninspired because I’m just tired and wore out.
Being a writer is a lot like being a Christian. There are days that I just don’t see the point. What does it matter if I serve you, God, or go off and do my own thing? It’s not like something amazing happens every time I choose to obey you and something tragic happens when I don’t listen to you. In fact, sometimes I listen to your instruction and something bad happens and sometimes I forgot to talk to you in three days and good things happen. What’s the point of all of this? Sometimes I just feel so uninspired.
The writer of Ecclesiastes shared my frustration:
“…“Useless! Useless! Completely useless! Everything is useless!” what do people really gain from all the hard work they do here on earth?” Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
He goes through all these reasons why everything is meaningless in life and then concludes the book with:
“…I give my final advice: Honor God and obey his commands, because this is all people must do. God will judge everything, even what is done in secret, the good and the evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
As a writer, I can fill up page after page with words just to reach a word count or I can write something from my heart that might be short but gets the point across.
As a Christian, I can fill my days with lots of studies, meetings, and busy work for God or I can fill my days with God. I can seek him, love him, and show his love to others.
I can seek hitting my word count for the day.
Or I can seek God and let him make my few words count for the day.
God, help me to stay humbled before you. Help me to focus on you and not what I can do for you. Let my actions be motivated by love and not pride or self-satisfaction. When I am uninspired, help me remember to step outside and take in the wonder of your creation. Help me to breath in just how small I am in the picture so I can fully appreciate how big you are. You are God.
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