A key principle of running a business is stewardship. Stewardship is the care given to one’s business in order to make it succeed. That care includes planning, budgeting, accountability, and revenue generation. How well the business owner accomplishes each of these aspects of his business will determine the ultimate success of his business.
If you are serious about your writing, then you have to treat it like a business. While this may sound mundane instead of glamorous, the truth is that your success as a writer will go only so far as your success as a business owner.
Traditionally, artists have eschewed the word business, considering it inferior to art. But business is an art in its own right, and those who master it catapult their creative art to a higher level.
As followers of Christ, we are the stewards of our writing business. A steward is someone who cares for what belongs to another. A good steward is someone who cares for what belongs to another as though it were his own.
So how can we be good stewards of this gift of writing that our Lord has given us? Here are a few thoughts:
1) Remember that God owns your writing business. You are merely the earthly manager of His business.
2) Run God’s writing business as though He could drop in any moment. What would you want to be doing if Jesus were to stop by? Would you want Him to take a look at the books? Would you want Him to review the schedule? Would you want Him to check out how you invested the profits?
3) Seek God’s advice on how to run His business. A good manager keeps in close communication with the owner of the company. So too, we must keep in close communication with Jesus.
As you take care of God’s business with diligence and integrity, He will entrust you with more responsibility. Your writing business will then begin to influence more lives for Jesus Christ.
And that, bottom-line, is the reason we write!
What are some things you do to be a good steward of the writing business our Lord has entrusted to you?
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