Writing for a Change – Getting Back Up

Today, we conclude this year’s series. I appreciate your feedback, participation, and contribution. Thank you for sticking through despite the hiccups on the way. I am grateful.

Writers, even Christian writers, are human beings. This means that we are not exempted from the ups and downs that life brings. Illness, depression, stress, discouragement, heartbreak, and failure are some of the challenges that we could face. In times when life knocks you down, writing might be pushed to the background or even totally removed from your schedule.

David comes to mind. In the 30th chapter of 1st Samuel, David was in a sorrowful state, faced with the loss of his people and threats from an angry team. The Bible records that he encouraged himself in the Lord. He refused to stay down. How can we get back up when we are faced with difficulties? How can we ensure that the gift of writing that we have been given does not die as a result of the storms of life? We need to learn to R.I.S.E

R – Remember that writing is a calling

As Christian writers, we are part of the army of God to expand the frontiers of His kingdom. We are called to uplift, inspire, encourage and transform lives. We are commissioned to bring people from darkness into light and to shine light on the path of those who have come to know the light. This assignment is one that cannot be handled with levity. We do not write for fame or fortune. We write to fulfill the Father’s will. So, in the seasons of life when we are down, we must arise and put our ears to the Lord’s heart, listen as he speaks and pen down His words for His people.

I – Interact with like-minded people

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens (and influences) another (through discussion). Proverbs 27:17

When he was faced with the threat of death, Daniel got his friends to pray with him for a revelation of the king’s dream. When we are faced with tough situations, we should endeavor to talk with people who have a heart for God. They do not have to be writers. But they do have to be people who are passionate about God and service in His vineyard.

Remember Aaron and Hur who held Moses’ hands as the Israelites battled the Amalekites? It was their contribution that made victory possible for the Lord’s chosen people. When you are down, seek people who can pull you up.

S – Seek inspiration and strategize for the future

In the first episode of this year’s series, I wrote about how you can get inspiration to help you write. You can read here – From Blank Page to First Draft . You can use your downtime to get inspiration for what to write. You can also use your challenge as a case study. A student who failed an exam can write a post titled “10 ways to fail (and how not to make the mistakes I made). Also, a writer who is ill can maximize the time to think of different ideas for stories, articles, and movies. When life knocks you down, look at the stars and get inspired to get up.

E – Encourage yourself in the Lord.

“…but David encouraged himself in the Lord.” 1 Samuel 30:6.

Ultimately, each person is responsible for the actions he takes and the consequences that follow. Friends can advise, books can inspire, messages can motivate and sermons can stimulate a person, but the person who is knocked down needs to choose to stand up.

In Christ, we have an advocate, friend, and teacher who is walking by our side as we journey. When we stumble or fall, he is not laughing at our failure, rather he is cheering us and encouraging us to rise. He knows the importance of the gifts that God has given to us. He knows that prizes are given to those who finish, not those who fall and stay down, so he wants us to get up when we are knocked down.

As the Israelites looked at the bronze snake in the midst of their pains, we are to look unto the Lord in the depths of our struggles. We will find healing. We will find the strength to carry on. We will.

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With this, we have come to the end of this year’s Writing for a Change. J You can click these links to recap.

  1. From Blank Page to First Draft
  2. The Identity of a Christian Writer – Goodness Adegbola
  3. Six Things I’ll say to any Christian Writer -Ife-Grace Dada

I’ll like to appreciate our guest writers: Goodness Adegbola and Ife-Grace Dada for their contributions. I’ll like to appreciate everyone who has read, shared, liked and commented. Thank you! God bless you!

You will be a high-impact vessel unto honor in God’s hands, taking the message of the cross around the world and living a life worthy of your calling in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Author: Iremide Akinsola

I am a Christian. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music and watching football.

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