Monday, Aug 19, 2013

(Attitude) Persevering in the Slow Times

While all professions require a degree of patience, few professions, in my opinion, require as much patience as writing. We writers live much of our lives in waiting mode: waiting for a reply from an editor or agent; waiting for an acceptance; waiting for a royalty check.  It is imperative, therefore, that we develop the virtue of patience.

Patience is the attitude of waiting in total trust that God is moving in our writing career even though everything may seem to be at a complete standstill.  Patience is also the undergirding of faith, for without patience, we will never see our faith come to fruition. Far too often, writers quit just before their big breakthrough. Don’t let that happen to you.

Instead, persevere. Persevere during the good times when it is easy to do so, and especially during the tough times when it is not so easy to persevere. It is during the tough times of our writing career that we need most to persevere.

Scripture says this in Galatians 6:9:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Notice the clause “if we do not give up”.  Reaping a harvest depends on not giving up.

If you are being tempted to give up doing what God has called you to do, don’t! Turn to Him for a fresh dose of patience. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you already have patience inside you as one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. So activate that fruit by drinking of the life of patience which is ours through Jesus Christ.

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