There is so much wisdom and wise counsel in the book of Proverbs. Like many believers, I spend time a lot of time in this book. Sometimes a single verse or a few verses grabs my attention. Other times, I’ll read an entire chapter. Often, what I read will speak to a specific area in my life. The following are some verses I believe apply to those of us who are pursuing the dream of being writers.
Proverbs 3:12 (NLT)
For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
We are writing for the Lord in response to the call he has placed on us. Some of us do it enthusiastically. Some of us not so much. Perhaps we’ve become discouraged by the struggles of finishing a manuscript. You know where our characters don’t cooperate or the plot wanders into some swamp of confusion. Or we fight the hurt of rejection as we attempt to get published.
Remember, the Lord loves us, and he delights in us when we do our best to answer his call. And he corrects us. Maybe writing is frustrating because we’re trying to write in an area God hasn’t called us to write in. Perhaps we’re focusing on devotionals or inspirational books when he wants us to write fiction. Wherever the Father calls us to write, he has a plan to use our words to inspire and guide our readers into closer relationships with him. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, but if we’re not in the area, he wants us to be, writing will feel like trying to go forward with one shoe nailed to the floor. We’ll only go in circles.
Maybe we believe we can’t write in the area he wants us to write in. This is where we must trust in his correction and his guidance. He won’t call us to do something without equipping us to do it. It might be hard. You can almost count on it being hard. But he is doing it for our good and to build his kingdom. As Paul wrote, we are all part of the body of Christ, and we each have our unique place. If we step out of that place, he will correct us because he loves us, and he delights in us. After all, each of us is his favorite child.
Proverbs 12:1 (NLT)
To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
It’s rare for the Bible to use the word “stupid.” Some translations use the word “foolish.” Is there that much of a difference?
Hebrews 12:11 (NLT) takes us a little deeper into this concept: “No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward, there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.”
Receiving and implementing discipline is hard. Often, we have to give up behaviors and attitudes that are very dear to us. But they aren’t working. At least in our writing. So, we need to learn new disciplines to become the writers God has called us to be.
Some Proverbs for Writers
I’ll leave you with these final thoughts as proverbs:
~ He who learns the craft through correction and discipline shall produce stories worth reading.
~ A writer seeks counsel (discipline and correction) and feedback, for in these are strength and wisdom.
~ A writer who walks in humility is wise and will grow in skill, talent, and ministry.
Be blessed as you continue your writing adventures in God.
What proverbs—either Biblical or from another source or written by yourself—help you be the best writer you can?