Fit for the Master’s Use

One of my test readers recently sent me an email that both blessed me and reminded me of what we’re all about as writers. At the end of her email, she included a prayer: God, I pray you give Henry wisdom, knowledge, creativity, patience and energy to finish Your book. Amen and Amen.

It’s not my book. It’s His. I’m His instrument, His tool to get the message out that He wants shared.


At one level, I knew this. I’d like to think everything I do is for Him. But there are times when the ego gets in the way and I lose sight of Him. It becomes my book, my project.


But that’s not true. He inspires us to write the words. In obedience to Him, we do and the writing flows. It’s not perfect the first time because I’m not perfect. But the refining, pruning process applies to our writing as much as it does to our spirits. My role is to have my heart in the place where my words can be grafted onto His vine and not lopped off as unfit for the Master’s use.


I’m His vessel, the clay in His hands. But it only works if I’m humble and obedient enough to put me aside and let Him shape and mold. And sometimes it hurts because I love my words but He has better ones. And sometimes it hurts because the words He wants me to write in fiction reveal an area in me that needs work, work that must be done if I am to go forward with Him.


8 Responses to Fit for the Master’s Use

  1. TNeal June 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm #


    Thanks for the reminder of the proper attitude for a writer who trusts in the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He leads. We follow.


  2. Misty June 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    As always, great words of wisdom and reflection. This is so true in every project, idea, and deed that we do. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

  3. DiAnn Mills June 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Hi Henry

    God didn’t say it would be easy! Good job.

  4. Tammy Eldridge June 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    You resonate like a vessel, Henry. It takes strength and courage to reveal the desires of our heart and to squelch our flesh. Love that you focus on Him.

  5. Henry July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you, Tammy. A minister once said, when someone complimented him: “If it was good, it was God. If it wasn’t, it was me.” One of my heart’s desires is to reflect compliments back to Him, the author of all that is good in my life.

  6. Henry July 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Thank you, DiAnn.

  7. Henry July 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Misty, Thanks for your kind words and for all your encouragement and support.

  8. Henry July 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks, Tom. Blessings on you as well. May your writing bring glory and honor to Him.

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