Wordsmithing for Love Alone
by Tina Yeager
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
The sun beams through the windows of my Florida home, yet a wild storm rages against the walls of my soul. The winds and lashing torrent of doubt pummel my resolve. My knees quake at rising debt, bleak industry forecasts, and a horizon devoid of income-rays.
The call to write comes at a tremendous cost.
The powers of the air howl against me. Why pursue this foolishness? Other careers would earn more, offer security, and actually make sense. Wordsmithing guarantees rejection, expense, and heart-bleeding sacrifice. The publishing industry never assures us of success.
I’m more likely to fail and lose money, attaining no respectable status or financial security. If my motivations aim for such hopes, I should give up now. The deceptive lure of ulterior motivations will fade.
Even when I struggle to see the means by which it can sustain me, my Savior’s eternal truth remains as a stalwart dwelling place for my heart and soul.
The Lord never commissioned me to achieve success goals. Jesus invited me to join him in a ministry of love. Word craft as worship may pour from my heart onto the feet of Christ and his beloved readers. Writing for love’s sake requires standing firm against the enemy’s accusing storms and temptations to take cover in a sensible career. I must draw upon my Father’s strength for courage to bare my soul.
I must plead for Christ to reshape my heart into the likeness of his, for I cannot maintain his perspective on my own. Only with his empowerment can I work for love. Then the motivation which drove Jesus to sacrifice all on the cross will serve as enough to persevere in my calling.
Potter of my soul, rework the clay of my heart into Christlike shape. Make me into a loving vessel of your messages. Grant me the strength, courage, and protection to weather the enemy’s attacks and persist in the call to serve you with all my soul as a Word bearer. Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International. Beautiful Warrior, her book on women’s esteem is available from New Hope Publishers. To connect with her, visit tinayeager.com.