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Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.Joshua 1:9, KJV
Let’s face it… being a creative entrepreneur can be a lonely road. Sure, when we’re first saddling up for the grand adventure of writing for God, it may seem like people are coming out of the woodwork to give us supporting pats on the back, or actually purchase our books and help spread the word.
But, what about six months down the road, when the book has lost its initial hype, and our families, friends, and acquaintances have accepted yeah, [insert your name here] is an author now, and all that interest fades into oblivion? It’s easy to jump back on the workhorse and continue writing when people are cheering you on… but when you’re kicked off into the dust with no one around to make sure you’re still breathing, what then? Is that a sign from God that we just need to stop writing, because no one cares anyway?
Absolutely not, my friend. And here’s why. Just as God reminded Joshua in the verse above, no matter what we’re up against, God is with us wherever we go.
Okay, so you may be thinking, Well, Allyson, that’s all nice and dandy, and that verse would make a great saying for a throw pillow, but you don’t know the circumstances of MY career as a Christian author. No one supports me, and I’m starting to wonder if God does either.
Well, my friend, let me let you in on a little secret: I’ve been in the exact same boat during my four years writing for God, and the only things that have helped me not panic and drown when it feels like the boat is sinking are remembering that we are each a piece in God’s puzzle, and that God equips the called to do His work how He sees fit.
We’re All Pieces in His Puzzle
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.romans 12:3-5, KJV
Everyone has a unique calling from God, and, as Paul states in Romans chapter 12, each of us acts as a small puzzle piece in God’s grand plan. Everyone’s abilities are needed to glorify the kingdom of God, but let’s be real: we’re not all Billy Grahams, or Max Lucados, or Lysa Terkeursts. But, you know what? Paul also said this very important truth: “for as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:…”.
What does that mean? Bluntly, it means that just because so-and-so Christian author wrote a certain type of Christian book and made it big, and you wrote one very similar that is getting overlooked, it’s because He has a certain job role for her right now that He doesn’t for you.
Let me clarify that I don’t mean that God won’t ever task you with writing a book that will make waves in the Christian book world. That’s not what I mean at all. What I mean is that right now, as God is playing out His plan, He secured her puzzle piece in place, because it was needed at this time to be a building block for His plan.
So… why are our puzzle pieces not getting any attention? Why does it feel like our puzzle pieces have fallen to the floor, been kicked into the floor vent, and will forever be doomed to a life with the dust bunnies?
Dramatic, I know, but that’s really how we think sometimes. Nevertheless, be assured that God never loses His puzzle pieces. He knows right where you are, and He’ll use you when your calling is needed. You won’t be overlooked.
Think about it like this… aren’t puzzles, especially those with thousands upon thousands of tiny pieces, easier to solve when the outside edges–i.e., the foundational structure–are completed first? Now, I’m not saying God is incapable of starting from one random middle piece and completing the puzzle from there. He made the puzzle. But, I firmly believe that God is in control of all things, and that everything happens for a reason. Things also happen at certain times for a reason, because, as we know, the past influences the future.
Maybe there’s a puzzle piece meant to influence you that hasn’t been laid down and secured in the puzzle landscape yet. Perhaps God is still laying down the foundational pieces, and is preparing to use your puzzle pieces right now. Whatever the situation may be, know that no matter if it seems like you’re the only one who cares that you are writing for God, that He cares too. He sees you. And He is using these experiences of working and waiting as the foundation to use your calling–your piece in the puzzle–in His time.
God Equips the Called
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:2 Peter 1:3-10, KJV
So, if we’re all puzzle pieces, that means that we each have a God-given role to fulfill, right? Absolutely. But, if we’re currently struggle-bussing our way through the baby steps of God’s calling for us, how on earth are we going to reach success for Him?
The thing about God is that He knows human self-sufficiency isn’t a thing; instead, when His callings are divvied out, He knows we will need 100% reliance on Him in order to see it through. Think about the callings of Moses, Abraham, Joseph, David, Daniel, Jonah, and even Jesus. They were all called to fulfill duties that would require more faith and abilities than they could muster on their own. Moses protested that he was not a good speaker, and therefore couldn’t be used by God. God provided a way for Moses’s God-given words to reach the Israelites anyway. And then there was Abraham, who was told he’d be a father of many nations, but remained barren until he was certifiably ancient. Only through God was he able to have a son, who would begin to fulfill that calling. As the verses from 2 Peter above tell us, it all starts with our faith in God, despite our current capabilities. You know the verse that says faith can move mountains? It’s not referring to having faith in ourselves, the “believe in yourself” movement that most motivational speakers will throw at you. It’s referring to faith in God.
God gives us the choice of whether or not to trust Him, as noted in His everlasting covenant with us: that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our fallen world, so that we–if we believe in Him–can have everlasting life in Heaven. Likewise, if God has given us the calling to write for Him, and make Him known through those words, be rest assured that the first step toward fulfilling that calling is to TRUST that God will equip us with the means to do so.
At the starting line, we may have absolutely no idea what we’re doing. We’ll pray over and plot our first work, feeling as if it’s inadequate compared to the bestsellers on Christian shelves. No matter how long we’ve been following God, nor how long we’ve been reading His word, we feel unqualified. We’ll feel as if we don’t know enough about The Bible or God to accurately write about Him and His promises, to lead others to the Truth. But still, even here, God equips the called, every single step of the way.
Let’s take a second look at 2 Peter 1:3-10, specifically verses five through ten:
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:…”
When our faith multiplies, it starts a chain reaction to gain more godly characteristics, such as virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. And then, as stated in verse eight, “for if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Verse nine and ten go on to remind us that if we do not diligently have faith, it will cause us to fall, meaning, in other words, that we cannot firmly walk in our calling on our own two feet and expect to never stumble. We must hold God’s hand and ask Him for guidance to even take a step in the right direction.
It’s 100% natural to feel as if you don’t have what it takes to chase the calling to be a Christian author, because we’re not the Puzzle Master. God is. Before the world even began, He constructed His Master Plan, created each and every one of us puzzle pieces by hand. He molded and made us to fulfill a specific role in the puzzle, and by keeping faith in Him and the fact that He will never lose sight of us, in His time He will place us in the puzzle and we will fulfill the plan He has had for us all along. And it will be better than anything we could’ve done on our own.
Christian Author, you are not alone. Keep writing, and you’ll see your purpose in the puzzle soon enough.
Talk to Me, Arrowheads!
Have you ever felt alone in your calling to be a Christian author, feeling as if God has lost sight of your puzzle piece? How did you regain faith in His Master Plan for your life?
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.