Measuring Success as a Writer — Brenda Wood

book stackJames Patterson just published his millionth book and Thomas Kinkade is selling paintings by the tons and then there is …us. What is the matter with us? Why isn’t our work broadcast around the globe? What are we doing wrong?

‘I think there’s long been a misunderstanding that “to write for Jesus” solely, or primarily, means writing books. That has never been true — and today it is even less true (if it is possible for something to be less true),’ says Wendy Elaine Nelles, writing instructor and co-founder of The Word Guild.

Oh, well then, let’s talk about those books. Do we somehow feel that if we write a book we will get more notoriety, and therefore more money? Do we think our words hold more value than the other guy’s? Have we forgotten our original writing goal?

Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! (1 Peter 4:10-11, MSG)

Are our words only effective if published in the millions? Or do they matter when they are passed on in small quiet ways by mouth, by letter, by blog or by bulletin and testimony? Let’s let God use our words where He will.


brenda-woodBrenda Wood, author & speaker

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