Two or three months after my salvation in 1985, I felt the Lord whisper to my heart: “You are going to write books.”
At the time, I was the president of a farm publishing company which published advertising booklets. Although I could write ad blurbs like, “Taste great! Less filling,” for agricultural companies, I was a lousy writer who split infinitives, mangled verb tenses, and jumbled grammar rules.
Yet, I believed this was the word of the Lord for my life.
From that moment forward, I thought of myself as a writer. The jobs I accepted were never long term, career oriented because I already had a career as a writer. I worked in hotel maintenance, car sales, parts delivery, construction, and whatever else to allow myself time to write.
Numerous pastors, prophets, believers, and even family members have told me, “I don’t really believe God has called you to write books. No one knows you.”
Not one of the naysayers were present in my prayer closet when the Lord spoke to my heart about my writing career. So, I made up my mind to ignore them all.
Thus, I rise each morning and ask, “Lord, what do You want me to write today?”
Some days, I write on my blog. Somedays, I write emails. Somedays, books. Somedays, nothing. Yet, even on my nothing days, I’m a writer, looking for stories to write.
What about successes?
The total royalties on my ten e-Books so far might purchase Honey and me a good meal at a Ruth Chris Steakhouse, but not much more.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)
Any successes I will ever have on earth in my writing career will be determined by His anointing, and not by my skillful marketing efforts. But yet, it’s still up to me to hold on to the word of the Lord and be diligent in putting forth an effort each and everyday. You see, God rewards faithfulness.
So, has the Lord spoken a prophetic word to your heart? If so, are you holding on to the word of the Lord for your life? Or do you need to repent and pick the word back up again?