Monday, June 3, 2019

Writer, Are You Willing to Pay the Price

By Andrea Merrell

Writer, what are your goals? Do you know where you’re going?

Statistics say that 50 percent of the population has no idea where they’re going in life. Of the remaining 50 percent, only 10 percent know where they’d like to go, but fewer than half are willing and prepared to pay the price to get there.

Goals are important but so is the tenacity to stick in there. To learn. To grow. To be flexible. To pay the price. But the most important aspect of our writing journey is letting God mold and shape us as we move forward.

One writer says, “While you are working on your goals, your goals are working on you. And the reward you get for reaching them isn’t nearly as important as what you become in your pursuit of them.”

In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul states, “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.

Yes, goals are important. Write them down. Make them clear and concise. Be ready to persevere to reach them. But as you set your eyes on the prize, make sure it’s the right one. The prize is not just a contract, an agent, a paycheck, or being well-known—it’s who you become in the process. It’s enjoying the journey and blessing others as God leads you down the road He has prepared for you. There will be bumps in the road and maybe a few detours, but you can trust Him to see you safely and victoriously to your destination.

Are you willing to pay the price?

(Photo courtesy of Miles.)


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