Worthy of Your Calling
by Morgan Mitchell
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”
I apply perfectionism to many areas of my life. I like things to be just right and have everything in its place. But I can also lapse into sloppiness, which may affect important matters like my writing. Some days, I scrutinize everything from my plot to my punctuation. On other days, I throw some words on a page and hope it’s good enough because I don’t want to redo it.
But the Lord didn’t call me to serve him half-heartedly.
God calls each writer to accomplish different things with our writing. He commissions some to inform, others to encourage, challenge, entertain, or inspire. But no matter what we write, scripture urges us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.
This can apply to our spiritual life but also to our writing life. Another way to look at it is to “write in a manner worthy of our calling.” Writing half-heartedly or scribbling out mediocre words to get something out there doesn’t help anybody. But when we give our writing our best effort, then it serves the reader and God. We can’t just churn out what’ll please an editor. We must write so our work will please the ultimate editor – God. That doesn’t mean obsessing with perfection; it means giving it our best effort.
This by no means proves easy. Some days, writer’s block hinders us. On other days, it seems like nobody cares how much effort we put into our work. Sometimes, it feels like we’re wasting our time. But God sees how hard we try to write for him and his kingdom and cheers us on. He supplies us with the strength to write well and gives us the words we should write. God doesn’t demand our best without helping us achieve it. Instead, he gives us the tools and encouragement to complete our task – not just for one project, but for every writing feat we undertake, whether great or small.
Lord, help me to write in a way that pleases you and give it my best effort. Please give me the strength to write so I can present my best to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Morgan Mitchell is a freelance writer and blogger who loves Jesus, reading, and writing. She has been published by The Christian Journal, Unlocked, and Inkspirations. She is also a member of Kingdom Pen and blogs at morgan-books.com. When she isn’t reading or writing a book she’s spending time with her family and friends, drinking coffee, or serving at her church.