Are You Discouraged?
Have you received some criticism that left you questioning your calling? Are you considering quitting? Finding a new ministry? If you are, consider this: God doesn’t hurt us, nor does He discourage us if He wants us to change directions. God persuades us by changing our hearts and desires and passions.
I discovered this when God wanted me to move beyond the drama ministry I’d started at my church and led for 11 years. Where I’d always been passionate about it, and considered it my ministry, suddenly my passion died. I longed for someone else to lead it and take it new heights. I gave up ownership happily.
As a writer, that’s how God will change you, if you aren’t supposed to be writing for Him. When we publish is up to Him. That part of it we have to give back to Him as a sacrifice of praise.
Then Be Encouraged
But when you’re discouraged or hurt, remember that's from the enemy! After all, you only get stabbed by the enemy's arrows when you’re in the front lines of God’s army.
Think about it. If you’re spinning your wheels, wasting time writing and not doing what God called you to do, is Satan going to bother you? No way. He l leaves you alone in peace to fritter away your time.
But if you’re doing what God has called you to do, then Satan is going to throw everything he has at you to discourage you. So be of good cheer, as Paul always said.
Instead of worrying if you’ll get that contract this year, simply enjoy the journey and know that when the arrows come, you're on the right track.