By Andrea Merrell
Sometimes I wonder where I would be today if I had ignored the words of someone who told me over twenty years ago that it was time to “get to writing.” Or if I had failed to make that all-important phone call ten years later to someone who gave me great advice about my writing journey. A woman who would become a mentor and a good friend.
What would have happened had I not submitted that first devotion? Would I have had the courage to submit my first article and then a short story? What if I had been too afraid to pitch my first book or attend my first critique group and writing conference?
The what ifs are endless, but so are the possibilities.
When God gives us gifts, we should never be afraid or reluctant to use them. In fact, the Bible says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV). One writer says, “When God gives you a gift, He give you the grace, guts, and grit to use it.” But even though He equips us, we have to step out in faith and do the work.
What is it you’re struggling with? Fill in the blanks:
- I want to go to a writers’ conference but________________
- I’m ready to submit my proposal but ___________________
- I know I need an agent but _______________________________
- She asked to see my first three chapters but ___________
- There’s a contest I would love to enter but _____________
- I’ve been thinking about blogging but ___________________
Whatever God has put in your heart, go for it. Will everything you try work out? Probably not. But that’s how you learn and grow. You can’t reap a harvest without first sowing the seed.
Don’t wait for the perfect time or the perfect opportunity. Take the opportunities that come your way. You never know what God might have in store just for you.
As John Greenleaf Whittier said, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.”
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Writer, don’t look back with regret on what might have been. Take the opportunities God brings your way. via @AndreaMerrell (Click to tweet.)