How to Be a Faithful Steward of Your Writing Talent
by Crystal Storms
(Matthew 25:21 or 25:23, ESV)
As we enter a new year, I’m looking beyond its end to offer my days perspective. I’m seeking an outlook based upon a lifelong goal instead. Like many of us, I long to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).
In this passage, I relate more to the “little” than the faithfulness aspect. But the servant who was given two talents and the one who was given five talents both received the same words.
We can’t control how much talent we’ve been given. But we can choose how we steward that talent. And we can each be faithful stewards of the talent we’ve been given by taking steps of faith (F.A.I.T.H) in our writing.
Follow God’s lead. Each time we sit down to write, we face a choice of where to place our focus—blog, book, articles, contests, guest posting? The possibilities continue. That’s why we need God to lead.
Act on the assignment we’ve been given. Each of us has heard God’s call to write. As the saying goes, old orders are standing orders. Continue to act on the assignment you’ve been given.
Invite others into the writing process. Leak out book ideas on social media or in blog posts. Find a writing partner with whom you can both give and receive encouragement. Join a critique group.
Trust in God’s timing. Only one letter separates writing from waiting. The two go hand in hand. So whether you are waiting on an idea, an answer from an agent or publisher, your social media numbers to grow—know that God is in control and hasn’t forgotten you.
Help others succeed in their writing journeys. Share a friend’s post or new release. Put a book review on Amazon or Goodreads. Cheer on your friends in their successes.
As we take steps of faith by following God’s lead, acting on our given assignments, inviting others into our writing journeys, trusting in God’s timing, and helping others succeed, we will be faithful stewards of the talents God has given us.
Lord, we all long to hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant.” Help us to walk in submission to You and be faithful stewards of our writing talents. In Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.
With a heart to encourage, Crystal Storms writes with the purpose of drawing women’s hearts to God. She is a Jesus girl, award-winning author, and artist. Married to her best friend for twenty-three years, Tim and Crystal live in Florida with their sweet Yorkie, Minnie. Learn more at CrystalStorms.me.