How Do I Know if God is Calling Me To Write?
“If the Lord is calling you to write, why aren’t you obeying?”
Those words came from my then 16-year-old son after hearing me complain about being called to write.
Over the years, I heard that call numerous times, and I shoved the thought back into my head each time. Eventually, my desire to obey God overtook the fear of rejection and failure.
If you want to know for sure if you are called to write, trust me when I say the Lord will bring it up repeatedly until you faithfully submit to Him!
During my time of self-doubt, 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) came to mind. It reads:
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Obeying the Lord can be fearful, and the “what ifs” can take root in your mind:
- What if I’m not as good of a writer as I think?
- What if no one likes what I write?
- What if I fail?
The list could go on and on.
Guess what? Those “what ifs” are the enemy at work. He knows you are tempted to obey God’s call in your life and wants nothing more than to throw you off the path.
Friend, being called to write and to share your words is your ministry to further the Kingdom of God.
Whatever fear or doubt you have, remember if the Lord calls you to do something, He will faithfully see you through it!
Here are some ways to help step into your calling:
- Pray. This is the most prominent and vital step, but often it’s the last thing we do. Take some time each day to sit and rejoice in the Lord.
- Create a prayer team. Once you become a writer, create a prayer team to help you with anything that comes between you and the keyboard. Distractions and self-doubt will happen, and having a prayer team will help you get through those times.
- You are a writer, so make writing a habit. Whether writing a devotional, a social media post or a personal journal entry, write something every day. This helps you create a routine and hone your writing skills.
- Write to an audience of one. Think of who your audience will be (for example, young mothers, empty nesters, etc.) and pick out that one person your writing will impact. It’s a more personal feel when you write to that one person instead of a group. Think of it this way: She’s going through what you’ve gone through. Your words will be an encouragement to her and let her know that she is not alone.
Stepping out in your calling can be a bit overwhelming, but if God calls you to write, and you are faithful to that calling, He will guide and direct you every step of the way.
Cheering you on!
What is holding you back from your calling as a writer? Let us know in the comments so we can cheer you on and pray for you!
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Thank you Missy for this inspiration. Especially appreciated the reminder to pray, to make quiet time with the Lord our first priority. Indeed, it is often the last thing we do in the midst of our busy schedules, aspirations and goals. Thank you for these insightful words of encouragement!
I love words and feel alive when I write but the reality is … my words mean more to me than others. I know I gauge my impact and success on responses and they are so few I get discouraged and wonder if it’s just my desire or is it really God’s too?? And then I get lost in the sea of other writers and wonder do I really have anything to offer? So, needless to say, I am stuck but have decided to write if not for anyone else I will do it for me right now.
I write since I was 9 years old in my native, Portuguese language. About 5 years ago after many setbacks with computer I restarted writing. Last year I slowed down, but with a help of a writer who gave me some advice after reading what I wrote I’m back following her orientation and correcting the chapters of my memoire. I felt this calling since I began helping my dad with the writing of his Bible studies as an Assembly of God in Brazil.
Proverbs 31 attracted me and I’m enjoying reading its blog. Your message, Missy, brought me new encouragement. I believe you pray for your readers, and I want to thank you for your faithful obedience to the calling by your ministry. Blessings of you and yours in this season of Christmas.
I’m writing about my faith journey, which is full of bullying, heartbreak, and devastation, but ultimately with the greatest answer to prayer and a true testament to God’s faithfulness and provision. I’m trying to overcome the fear of possibly being judged in my story, and wondering if my book will be good enough. Thank you for this encouraging article!