By Andrea Merrell
I’ve met with many, many wonderful people at writers’ conferences over the years. In fact, I just returned from an overnight trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC) in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, where I chatted with several ladies in the coffee shop.
One question that seems to pop up quite often is what these attendees hope to gain from the conference. The answers vary, but all seem to relate to doing.
- I have a book in me, and I have to get it out.
- I need the world to hear my story.
- I entered a contest and hope to win.
- I need to get a contract and get my book published.
- I’m seeking an agent.
- I’m trying to network and build my platform.
- I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
- I’m planning to meet with as many industry professionals as possible.
Each of these answers is important, but they’re all about doing. As I was driving up the mountain, a sermon on the radio caught my attention. The speaker was talking about how we are so tied to our to-do list that we forget to create a to-be list. He shared a few items on his to-do list, then admitted how difficult it was to examine his heart and come up with what he wanted to be instead of do.
Because my book, Marriage: Make It or Break It, was a finalist in the Selah contest, my drive to the conference was primarily to attend the awards ceremony. But even more exciting for me was the thought of seeing and spending time with so many of the wonderful friends I’ve made over the past ten years. As I continued to listen to the radio message, my thoughts turned to my career and how I could apply the man’s powerful words.
I prayed, Lord, there are so many things I want to do concerning my writing and editing. My list is long. But more importantly, what do I want to be? Here are a few of my thoughts:
- I want to be a godly woman and good example.
- I want to be a woman of integrity.
- I want to be someone others can depend on.
- I want to be a positive influence.
- I want be an encourager.
- I want to be generous.
- I want to pray for others.
- I want to be a person who helps others succeed and reach their God-given destiny.
If you’re a writer, especially one who is just starting out on this wonderful journey, allow God to mold you as you take one step at a time. There will always be many items on your to-do list, but maybe it’s time to shift your focus and concentrate on who you want to become as you travel this road.
I will always treasure the certificates and awards I’ve received, but above all, I will treasure the friends God has placed in my life and the wonderful way He continually works in my heart to make me who He created me to be.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 34:7 NIV
What are the desires of your heart? Create your own to-be list. God will honor your efforts, and He will bless you in ways you can’t imagine.
Create a to-be list instead of a to-do list. God will honor your efforts and bless you in ways you can't imagine. via @AndreaMerrell(Click to tweet.)