This is geared towards anyone who is a Christian blogger, writer, potential author, or just someone who is considering it. Hi! Here’s a little of my story:
I have been blogging in various formats and on various sites for over 10 years. It doesn’t mean I have been really successful or that I have hundreds of followers. The truth is I don’t have many followers and I have never made a dime from blogging. Not that those things are not important or that I wish I did, just that I realized some time back that those reasons weren’t my reasons.
Don’t get me wrong, I really would love success in that area, but it’s never happened and I’m okay with that.
About 3 years ago, after not having written much for 2 plus years prior, I was working in a factory in mid-Missouri. It was a small company and the owner was pretty relaxed about stuff. So, several of us wore our ear buds for ear plugs and listened to music. One fine afternoon I had downloaded a podcast from one of my favorite ministers and was busy listening to his sermon. The subject was that God is the Master of whatever art form you are a part of and He wants to guide you to do that art for His glory. He named off several different positions that God filled: Master Painter, Master Craftsman, Master Architect, and so on. I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me and say, “I am the Master Editor… The Master Writer.” It was a very powerful moment.
Amidst the noise of the place, no one heard me speak, but I said out loud, “What do I do?”
The answer was as clear as if I had heard them audibly. “Write.” Nothing more, nothing less.
I tossed and turned about that for several nights. Then late one evening while I was praying, I told God His love was crazy and amazing. Crazy because He loves nothing like we do. Amazing because, it is truly amazing. He tapped me on the shoulder, so to speak, and pointed to that title. And, I began blogging again.
About 60 plus blogs later, I felt God start talking to me about a book. It sounded exciting. I thought, “Well, I can just modify the best posts and make them devotions or chapters.” Sounded grand. Most of it is already written.
I remember the day I hit 100 blogs on this particular site (not this site here, but this blog). I couldn’t believe it. I had been writing all my life and this was the furthest I had ever gotten on one subject. Like everyone else, I had “umpteen” unfinished stories, but this was a milestone.
Jump forward to number 250 blogs. Yeah, exciting. No book yet. I had begun to compile the blogs that seemed to work, but with few positive results. So many had to do with current events and a million other ideas that I wasn’t sure if it would do the trick. So, like the dolt I am, I decided to talk to God as a last resort. I felt like He was saying that the idea behind the book was the theme of my blog, but the blog itself was not the source.
Then one day, I was hankering to write (you know that feeling). And in a matter of minutes, the fresh ideas flowed and my first chapter was done. I was so excited. It was beautiful, funny and perhaps some of the best writing I had every done. Smooth and quick. The next day, another one. Then another. The original idea was for it to be a 31 Day Devotional. However, the chapters were too long, but not long enough for a regular book.
So, the 31 Pieces Series was born.
I said all of that to say this: Every person has a story to tell. Every blogger has a beginning. Every Christian has a witness to give. You have something in you that compels you to write. You have a book in you, not just a blog. You have something more to give to the Kingdom of God and the world that so desperately needs to hear about it.
I was very intimidated by the thought of writing a book and finishing it. But I did. And, turns out, with God behind it, it wasn’t nearly as tough. Now, my blog has suffered a bit, but the first hurdle is the first book. I am literally working on 9 different books and I can easily write 4,00-6,000 words a day now. When I have a day alone.
So, here’s the real thing. That book you have in the back of your mind? Now is the time to make it happen! Not tomorrow!