Finding Your “Get Up and Go” When It Has Gotten Up and Gone

Do you find yourself missing the days when you rushed to your keyboard, inspired to write something new? Finding joy in writing again is possible! But first we need to take an honest look at our writing motivations. Here is where to begin …

Climbing out of bed, I snuck quietly to “the spot.” It is my favorite place to write — a cushy recliner with a soft blanket to keep me warm. Hoping no one would wake up and interrupt these precious moments, I grabbed my cup of coffee and dove right in. This pattern of rising early became an act of worship for me as I considered the things of God and got to write about them. 

Do you have a favorite writing spot, friend? A sanctuary you have created where you contemplate the thoughts of God and write how His Word connects with your story?

Depending on where you are in your writing journey, your “spot” might be alive and vibrant as your fingers cannot type fast enough, or it might feel dim and dull as you don’t know what words to write or if you have the heart to write them. While there might have been a time when you rose early because you could not wait to write, now you feel tired and worn. I’ve been there.

“I don’t see the point of writing. No one reads what I write anyway.”

You’ve likely thought this at some point in your writing journey. Though I mouthed these words at one point, my heart did not want to stop. I knew God had a purpose in the words He stirred up in my soul. 

If we listen to the inner critic running through our minds, we might see why our “get up and go” has gotten up and gone. 

I don’t see the point of writing — no one reads what I write anyway.

We can find joy in writing again if we tap into our original “why.” But first we will need to debunk our false motivations.

Our motivation cannot be results-oriented. 

Hopefully we did not begin writing because we thought we would have scores of readers. We began writing because we loved to write and sensed God’s pleasure in it. When we don’t see the point, it is because we have begun to focus on the wrong thing. We’ve shifted from serving others to expecting others to minister to us by liking what we have to say.

Our motivation cannot be about us.

Writing for results puts the focus on us, not God. When we can let go of the results, we start to feel joy rising in our souls again. God takes our work and brings the increase He determines.

Our motivation cannot be external — it must be internal.

Whether anyone ever reads what we write, is it worth it? You bet it is. Numbers do not prove our worth. Christ already did that. Obedience and faithfulness reveal something so much deeper than mere success in the world’s eyes. Motivation that comes from a place of worship, rather than performance or acceptance, revives our calling and defuses the pressure to have our words go further than God would have them go.

Do you find yourself missing the days when you rushed to your keyboard, inspired to write something new? Finding joy in writing again is possible! But first we need to take an honest look at our writing motivations. Here is where to begin …

Time spent writing is precious to me now. It is crammed into pockets of time that I can intentionally seek out. My well-worn spot invites me to come and rest. When we seek to write from a place of rest rather than a place of wrest, striving ceases, and we just might see our words go further than we ever imagined.

All for Jesus,

Denise

Friend, are negative thoughts trying to steal your “get up and go”? Comment below if you are ready to defuse them with the right motivation!

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Biblical mindset coach, author, speaker, worship leader, podcaster, with an MA in Biblical Exposition, Denise is the author of “Make Up Your Mind”, “Shame Off You”, “31 Days of Hope Reinvented” and other discipleship books. She serves on the writing team for P31 First 5 app and COMPEL and has a daily broadcast/podcast through her Bible Tribe® reading plan. Denise homeschooled her 5 children, 4 who recently graduated from college, and their youngest adoptive son is a senior in high school. The Family Ministries and Worship Arts Director at her church, Denise and her husband live near Fredericksburg, VA.

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  1. Shannon Schlademan: April 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    My “writing” has not been a book or blog, yet. I use biblically sound business concepts to encourage, equip and empower small teams to reach beyond their current operating model and capacity by giving each other the room to learn and grow. This is done as workshops. Yet all of the content and presentation material has to be prepared, written. If I don’t have a workshop coming up, I stop preparing. I think God wants me to see that preparation is as important as the execution. And while I want to see my work used to enable ministries, God wants my preparation to prepare me first. Thank you Denise for these words.

  2. This was so good! I know I’ve struggled with wanting people to give me encouraging feedback but that really blurs the line with self promotion… I really want to have pure motives of making Him known, not me!

  3. What a beautiful reminder to all of us writers as we begin a New Year. Thank you for your words of encouragement and motivation check. I admit far too often I get caught up in the “numbers” game quantifying my value as a writer by the number of likes, shares or comments a post receives. My value as a writer is from One alone, God! That needs to be my focus in 2022. All for the audience of One!

    • Yay, Tracie! Yes, this writing is in us yet not for us. When we no longer need anyone to validate why we do what we do, we are freer to do it! Thanks for chiming in! Sorry for the delay in my response—COVID struck again!

  4. Amen, Denise. It’s all about the “why”.