by D.M. Webb
It worried me. This date looming before me. What was I going to write? Fine time for writer’s block to hit.
But as in all things with God, He provides. Today my AFA Journal arrived, and I read an article about Building 429. Then to top it off I watch a YouTube link via K-LOVE on Facebook, a video about what it means to be a trader.
I don’t know what people think about their writing and their books. Do they worry about sales? Do they worry about reaching the bookstores or having their books on the shelves of major chain stores? Do they worry about who will like their books? I used to worry, but no more.
Here’s how I learned to cast those worries aside.
I read Ephesians 4:29 (King James Version because I love the Shakespearian sound of the words, very poetic): “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
My words are written to bring glory to His name, to help the hurting, to bring hope to the lost, and most importantly to tell real life with real words. I will continue to strive to maintain the command set forth in Ephesians.
How did I stop worrying about sales and bookstores and what to write, etc.?
I watch Definition of a Trader — with Brian Mosley from RightNow.org featured on YouTube.com. A trader is defined by this: a new kind of missionary, a movement that requires us to live out our faith, to sacrifice and be intentional with our time, money, and skills, see work as worship, everything we do in life can be an opportunity to worship God…we must act Right Now.
Basically we, as followers of Christ, must be Kingdom focused and not self focused.
Once that was drilled through my hard head and branded onto my gray matter, I learned that it isn’t about money. It isn’t about prestige. It isn’t about being on the best-sellers list. It’s all about GOD.
As I write my words and spin my tale, I focus on my Audience of One. He alone knows my heart, my desires, and He alone knows the plans He set before me.
I decided to step up the plate and accept that challenge. I write for my Lord. I write to show the world His Love.
~DM Webb lives, along with her sons and a variety of pets, in the beautiful state of Mississippi. Her studies in art and sociology coupled with her many jobs ranging from bookstore clerk to volunteer firefighter/EMR has produced a plethora of ideas for upcoming books.
This is a great post. Thanks for sharing. I also LOVED your book–Mississippi Burning. Your gifting truly is telling real life with real words.
Thanks for this post. This is one of those goals I strive for: that I might be more interested in my Audience of One than in the approval of men. It’s hard work though, and this was encouraging.