Everyone worries—whether it’s a young person starting out into the world, parents raising their children, professionals building their careers, the elderly concerned about health, you get the idea. I’m pretty sure writers are in there somewhere.
Questions continually plague me. Maybe my manuscript is lacking and my hero is unsympathetic. How do I fix him? Do I rewrite the whole book? It took me nine months just to write it the first time. Will that agent like my proposal? If not, what will I do next? Sometimes I feel like telling my computer good-bye and never turning in on again. Worry? You bet I do.
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.” Matthew 6: 25. God says not to worry. Huh? Does He really mean that?
Lord, could You be telling me not worry about what I will write or how I will create scenes that bless my readers? “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6: 27.
Okay, I get it. But how do I go about not fretting over my manuscript?
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Okay, seek Him first. Once again, how do I accomplish that? I believe the answer is trust God moment by moment to achieve His perfect will in my writing. Pray and tell Him I am helpless without His strength and wisdom. Tell Him I want to write for His glory and ask Him for the many skills it takes to do that. “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4: 11-12.
If I free my mind from worry, I have more room to hear from Him and more energy to write.
Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” Psalms 34:10.