It’s satisfying to reach a goal, like when I showed sample pages of my manuscript to my dream editor – and he asked to see more. Or when my publisher offered me a devotional contract. It was rewarding this year to pose with dozens of other finalists for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award (I didn’t win) for a group photo.
But the most invigorating experience is when I read the Bible and it speaks directly to me in the moment. It happened this week while reading from the book of Luke.
I second-guessed my writing abilities all week. My lack of progress felt like my feet were dragging through heavy, wet concrete and going nowhere.
That’s when the Scriptures spoke to me, and the message was clear.
Jesus taught a group of his followers how to approach people with the good news of the kingdom of God, then he sent them out to the towns he planned to visit.
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:17-20 NIV
This is what I’m hearing from these verses.
Kathy, don’t dwell on your accomplishments. They aren’t impressive to God. He sees everything from beginning to end, and you’ve only done what he sent you to do. It’s great you made it to the top of a mountain. Enjoy the view, but don’t even think of pitching your tent there. You don’t get to stay. Now it’s time to prepare for the next climb. Wait till you see what’s ahead!
And don’t be dejected because you haven’t finished your book. Instead, rejoice that your name is written in his book. Nothing is more amazing than that. Absolutely nothing.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis