(Attitude) Encouraging Yourself in the Lord

roller coasterPerhaps more than any other profession, the writing life resembles a roller-coaster ride. We sit on the edge of our seats, excited about the climb to success when, suddenly, we are plunged into a valley of rejection slips, failed contracts, and a host of other discouraging events that threaten to destroy our resolve to keep on writing.

David the Psalmist faced a far worse situation than a publisher’s rejection when he reached Ziklag to discover that his entire family and the families of his men had been abducted and their possessions stolen.  David’s men grew so angry with him that they wanted to kill him. But what did David do? Instead of worrying and fretting and retaliating, he encouraged himself in the Lord (I Samuel 30:6).  

When we find ourselves in the valley of writing despair, we would do well to imitate David.  David rehearsed his earlier victories attained through Christ.  David knew that the same God Who had delivered him before would deliver him again.  In short, David trusted God.

If you are in the valley of despair about your writing, consider David. Encourage yourself in the Lord, and wait for Him to act on your behalf.

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