Task Accomplished

by TonyaAnn Pember

 

“I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do”

(John 17:4, CEV).

 

I stared at my computer’s blank screen and the tabs at the top. My email inbox overflowed with newsletters, webinar invitations, and submission calls. I thought about a good idea for an education article, a fair idea for a children’s story, a great idea for a writer’s devotional, and a request to pen encouragement to women ministers. Current opportunities overflowed. I knew I could whip out something for any of them but couldn’t decide where to start.

Writers get inundated with options, but as believers, we remain on our life call from Jesus. Our mission includes a specific place to serve and specific pieces to write. Like a good story plot, each decision should drive our message forward.

Jesus had an assignment while on earth, a specific job to do. Every decision he made propelled his mission forward.  “Jesus, who could do everything, didn’t do everything. He did only the things assigned to him, the divinely delegated things that were his to complete” (Priscilla Shirer). In his final hours, Christ said to his Father, “I have brought glory to you here on earth by doing everything you gave me to do” (John 17:4).

Sometimes, that opportunity isn’t your assignment. Sometimes that idea isn’t for your message.   Sometimes that open door isn’t your mission. Sometimes your resources aren’t best used on that seminar or workshop.

We can make wise decisions with help from God who gives wisdom generously without reproach. (James 1:5). Asking ourselves specific questions about commitment, passion, and divine purpose can also invite clarity.

What have I committed to write?  I must fulfill my obligations to editors and publishers. What pet project or fun idea do I want to write? How might the market trends direct my project choices? What do I need to write? I should prioritize the words God has burned in my heart.

“There are requests we can say no to, there are expectations we can manage, there are specific assignments we can maximize by staying on task” (Priscilla Shirer) purposefully.

Father, thank you for the plans you have for me. Give me wisdom and discernment to spend my resources of time, finances, and energy on the right tasks. Enable me to say, I completed the task you gave me to do and then, hear you say Well done. Amen.

 

TonyaAnn Pember headshotTonyaAnn is  the author of Inside Story: 52 Weeks in the Word, a genre Bible reading plan with historical and cultural notes.  She writes for The Old Schoolhouse,  Chicken Soup for the Soul,  Power for Living, and CBN among others. An Oklahoma teacher, she frequently ‘guest teaches’ in her Colorado retirement. Learn more about her @tonyaann.com or TonyaAnnWriter @ Facebook/Instagram

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