Struggling as a Christian Writer?

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A  lifetime ago, I normally preached three times per week. Although I wasn’t a pastor of a church, I preached wherever a door opened.

Once, I taught a series on Christian business practices in a small Iowa town hall. On the second evening, I sat alone, wondering if anyone would show up. At five minutes till seven, a woman walked in and sat down in the middle of fifty chairs. The clock creeped forward, but no one else showed up.

“Sir,” said the woman, “will you be starting on time?”

I nodded my head. “Sure,” I replied, moving toward the stage.

At seven o’clock, I prayed and began teaching to an audience of one. My teaching lasted forty-five minutes and a few others arrived in the last five minutes of it.

I closed the meeting and asked the lady if she needed personal prayer. She did. When I prayed, she received a physical healing for a long term ailment.

Another time, I held breakfast meetings in a restaurant where I gave ten minute teachings. A discussion followed the teachings.

No one showed up on one morning. So there I was in the middle of a restaurant, a preacher with a Bible, a teaching, and no audience. I picked up the menu to check it out when the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart: “I’m here. Start your teaching.”

I opened with prayer and taught my message while all the other customers in the restaurant looked on, probably thinking, “That guy’s a nut!”

Not exactly a successful prototype for others to follow, right?

Yet, I learned a valuable lesson through these efforts. I learned who I needed to please: Jesus. My calling, my ministry, and my life must be focused on pleasing Him. If others are blessed, it will be because I first pleased Him.

So, when the Lord told me to write books and blogs, I did. And of course, I’d love to sell thousands of books, but that is a distant second to pleasing Him.

Now here’s a nugget for us writers: “If an author is willing to go through the various dry seasons of being humbled before God and man, God will eventually reveal mysteries and secrets to the person which may catapult the author onto a gigantic stage.”

Yet, it all begins with just pleasing Him.

Are you willing to pay the price?


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31 responses to “Struggling as a Christian Writer?

  1. Yes- I am. Blessings to you.

  2. That is beautiful Larry and so simple at the same time. I needed to read this today. This prolonged dry season in my writing on the blog is getting to me but at the same time I know what you are saying here and I know there is a purpose to it all. It is just learning to have the patience and humility to let God work through and in us during these dreary seasons.

    Thanks again.


  3. I love this post for a million reasons….. Thank you so much!!! I am reblogging it!!

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  5. Reblogged this on Prodigal Chick and commented:
    Excellent Post!!!!

  6. Mr. Larry, thank you. This was for me too, and I want to get back to first and foremost, just pleasing Him. God bless you as you please Him too!

  7. Reblogged this on O2B heavenly minded and commented:
    I first read this post as reblogged by Prodigal Chick. Thanks! This is so important to understand and internalize.

  8. I discovered this post and your blog through Prodigal Chick’s reblog. I’m glad I did. I look forward to future posts.


  9. Bill Bryson is an author born in Iowa who’s lived in England for 30+ years. About 6 years ago he read from his book “The Thunderbolt Kid” to 5,000 attendees at Drake University in Des Moines. He said, “Can’t tell you how grateful I am. Two nights ago I spoke at a library in Knoxville, TN. Three people showed up: 1.) The librarian, 2.) The guy who invited me to speak, and 3.) A guy by the name of Bill Bryson who wanted me to look at at driver’s license to prove we had the same name!

    Keep writing, LN. You may have that 5,000 audience to hear you speak or read.

  10. Chasingtheperfectmoment,

    Thanks. You are a good writer now, just waiting for the next stage with God.

  11. Mercedes,

    Thanks. The dry seasons may seem long, but there is unbelievable value in them.

  12. Prodigal Chick,

    Thanks. You’ve made my day.

  13. Debbie,

    Thanks. It’s easier to please Him than any other person on earth. He never has a bad day ever.

  14. gladeslibrarian,

    Thanks for encouraging me and reblogging it on your site.

  15. Bill,

    Thanks. I read Bill Bryson’s book and loved it. But still, what a great story to encourage all of us. I won’t forget it.

  16. Wonderful post, Larry. “God will eventually reveal mysteries and secrets to the person” This is an interesting statement. I completely agree. And yet I wonder, what makes you say this?

  17. Anna,

    Good question. I felt it was a word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8) given to me by the Holy Spirit. So, I wrote it. Now, if you’re wondering why I didn’t say the Holy Spirit said or the Lord told me the statement, I try not to overdue that because it can be a little overwhelming to some readers. I believe the Holy Spirit can imprint His words on people’s hearts without me drawing attention to them.

  18. Private victories can become public victories.

  19. This is a great word Larry, and I am happy to receive those mysteries and secrets. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. Sign me up dude!

  20. You are an inspiration Larry. May The Lord continue to lead and bless your words. Judy

  21. Naphtali,

    Thanks. You’re so right, especially when those private victories come in the prayer closet.

  22. Ben,

    Thanks. Continue on in your quest.

  23. Judy,

    Thanks and God bless you and your husband in your journey.

  24. Larry this was such a fantastic post to read! To see how led by the Spirit you are, it is so beautiful! A lot to learn from your post and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing – it will be one of those posts that one never forgets

  25. kingintraining,

    Thanks. God bless you today.

  26. Larry, I found your blog because you “liked” the post “The Empty Vessel Makes the Loudest Sound” on the “got jesus?” blog. The two posts together were a real blessing to me. It’s not how loudly we talk but how persistently we hang to the truth when it appears nobody is listening.

    All the best in your ministry!

    “DT Richards”

  27. DT Richards,

    Thanks for stopping by because I appreciate your input.

  28. Great post – thank you for the inspiration, and reminder that we have an audience of One.

  29. lessonsbyheart,

    Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them.

  30. Touched me deeply – I love your heart, and so does God. Darrell

  31. darrell,

    Thanks for your kind words.

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