by Amy Rohrbaugh
“And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself’”
(Matthew 22:37-39, ESV).
When I first pursued writing and publication, my self-focus conjured a storm of emotion within me. One rejection might spur on a season of depression. Maybe my motives aimed toward success or validation. But these goals centered around a fear of man, not God. Wrong motives pervert the goodness of our giftedness.
If love is the greatest commandment, shouldn’t it be what drives us in our writing? One pastor said that our gifts come from God and how we use them is our way of giving back to him. What a beautiful thing that as we write and create, our God receives the glory. We love him with our words. We love him by being the person he made us to be.
Whatever your genre, you pour love into all those who read your work. I am an aspiring picture book author, and I am in awe of how these magical books can create such a strong bond. Knowing that my book might inspire such a connectedness between people, I labor in love with a great sense of peace to make this happen.
Another way love motivates my writing relates to my family. To bring in an income at some point would allow me to help meet the physical needs in my home. But just as important, I want to model to my kids that God’s grace is always sufficient in what he calls us to do. When we use the gifts he’s given us and the passions he puts in our hearts, we glorify him. I believe I am loving my kids and my God in this way. Rethinking motives leads to peace and freedom as we trust in our good God who has given us all that we have.
Father God, you say that if we ask anything in your name, it will be given to us. We ask that our greatest motive in writing is to love, you and others. Thank you for giving us the gifting, ideas, words, perseverance, right motives and passion to pursue our writing. You are the giver of every good gift, and we give these all back to you for your glory. Amen.
Amy delights most in writing picture books and believes visiting a children’s bookstore is like feasting on a cone topped with scoops of light. She loves to homeschool her three children, 16, 14, and 9. She is published in Quail Bell Magazine for The Artist and You and in Literary Yard for The Day the Little Lamb Roared. https://www.instagram.com/picture_book_reviews_amyrenee/