starting your own. Even meeting regularly with one person to share and dis-cuss;writing;will;sharpen;skills;and;of-fers;a;fresh;perspective;on;work.
4. Make Serving God Your
I get frustrated when I receive rejec-tion;letters;from;publishers.;Thankfully,
God showed me that I was falling more
in love with being published than with
but serving God must be the Christian
writer’s;source;of;contentment.;If;honor-ing God is the goal, we always succeed,
whether one person or billions of people
One;exercise;I;try;to;undertake;regu-larly is to engage in writing that offers no
financial compensation or widespread
recognition.;For;me,;this;includes;keep-ing a private prayer journal and composing letters to others. A simple note of en-couragement;or;thanks;not;only;blesses
someone, but it also cleanses the heart
from preoccupation with self.
5. Consider the Responsibility
laptop. Prayer and contemplation are
the bread and butter of effective writing. There is a need for these spiritual
disciplines (especially before writing in
Don’t underestimate the power your
writing has to bring hope or diminish
it. One time on the Web I impulsively
wrote critical remarks. Thankfully, the
person who hosted the site agreed to delete my comments. Writing is something
we need to do with a degree of fear and
God for everything we say.
A gifted writer can easily fall prey to
putting down others. Christians are not
immune to “trash talk.” We can be so
in love with an ideal or even a ministry
our cause. There are times when writing
something factual to expose false teach-
ing is necessary, but our pleasure must
be focused on glorifying God, not on de-
joice not when thine enemy falleth, and
let not thine heart be glad when he stum-
6. Having God as Your Audience
irrelevant to writing. Does this mean all
always about God; the same is true for
God is still our audience, and His Word
must shape the voice of our writing. Some
reader is given a sense of the sublime.
That being said, Christian writing
more often than not should unashamedly
creative writing. Men will not come to
Christ through good stories alone, but
through the proclamation of the Word of
passion to write, why not bring these two
loves together as often as possible?
7. Be Heavenly-Minded
Vincent Van Gogh sold one painting in
his lifetime, even though he created hun-dreds,;because;others;recognized;his;ge-nius;only;after;Van;Gogh’s;death.;Many
world but be encouraged that anything
done;in;Christ’s;name;will;be;remem-bered in heaven. Matthew 10: 42 says,
“And whosoever shall give to drink unto
one of these little ones a cup of cold water
only in the name of a disciple, verily I say
unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Whenever we cross a T or dot an
treasures in heaven. What pleasure could
the One Who matters most?
Randy Saller and his wife Amy Jo home-
school their three children in Lake Villa,
Illinois. Randy is a learning disabilities
specialist for a public school and a freelance
writer. He has written for Turtle;Magazine,
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, and
Chicago;Special;Parent. For more informa-
tion about the author, you may contact him
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his
website at www.randysaller.com.
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why not bring these two loves together as often as possible?