My personal motivation to you
I recently listened to two Youtube videos that have EXPLODED my motivation for writing. I absolutely love writing and believe it is a passion and talent that has been given to me by God alone for His glory alone. Watching these videos caused me to stop and think, "What happened to my book?"
It's been fully written for over a year now. I have had many eyes search my words for errors in grammar and theology at the end of last year. I was pushing towards my goal extremely well... but then... I lost it. I lost my motivation. I was waiting on two editors that were very busy in life at the time and had forgotten to keep on them about my book. They were both very important people to me; it was a necessity both of them read through my book and gave me their advice. They were not doing any ordinary editing. They had the role of theologically checking my words and making sure what I said lined up with scripture.
Instead of giving the friendly reminders, I completely forgot to even ask if they had worked on my book recently. That was all the way back in November. SIX MONTHS AGO!!! I haven't looked at my book since then until today. Today I decided it's time to start working on publishing again.
One of the editors still has a copy that they completed editing, but has never given it to me. I messaged the other that had not completed the editing I had asked of him six months ago. He said he read through the entirety of the book but had not taken the time to write down his thoughts. I'm thankful I asked because he said he will start it today and give me back my first chapter hopefully this Sunday at church.
Once I receive the final copies, I have a friend that will be going over the book with me and reading each editor's (I have four editor copies in all) thoughts, suggestions, and disagreements. This will be the start of my (hopefully) final draft. Once my final draft is finished, I have a friend who is an English major who will do a final check for grammatical errors. Once that is done, it will be time to get in contact with publishers.
It is so exciting to think about publishing a book; I cannot wait to be holding a hard copy of a book I had written in my hands. Why? Because I want to share what God has laid upon my heart with anyone who is willing to take the time and read it. I want to reach as many as I can with the love of Christ. I don't want to drop this opportunity; I don't want my ideas and God-glorifying words to go to the grave with me. I need to share my passion.
Reader, I wanted to tell you this not only because you deserve an update on my book, but also because I want to encourage you with these words:
Don't let your passions die!
If you're like me, it can be hard to stay dedicated to something. Even things we are passionate about we fall away from at times. It could be a sport, cooking, reading a good book, or even God. We can get so invested into something we love and, one day we seem to forget the feeling.
I wanted to share this example because of today. Today I woke up. Today I remembered my passion. I would feel so awful if a few years from now I looked back and remembered my book that I never published. I'd probably think, "It's been too long now. It's not worth trying anymore." It would be forgotten by everyone except for me, and it would haunt me every time I thought about it.
Don't let that happen to yourself, especially with your relationship with God! At times we fall away, get disconnected, and go off our own way forgetting the feeling of being on fire for God. Thank goodness God is long-suffering and patient with us. Thank God our salvation is a documented purchase in the Book of Life. As Christians, we have been bought and we aren't going to be thrown away. God waits for us and brings us back to Him.
We need to keep ourselves and the fellow Believers around us in check. We need to encourage each other to daily die to self and live for Christ. We need to daily remember the talents and hobbies we love that God has given us so that we don't stop doing them. If you have a real passion about something, God probably gave you that passion for a reason.
Ephesians 2:10(NIV) For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God has prepared in advanced good works that will be worked out in our lives. Think of it like an orchestra. God has built the instruments. You are one of the instruments made specifically for the beautiful song you will play. You see it? There's violins, and the bass, and clarinets, and the piano, and so many more instruments that God has made in the orchestra that all have a unique sound and part.
God wants to use you for the talent He has given you. He wants you to play your part!
Maybe you have forgotten a talent you use to have or a hobby you use to practice often that brought glory to God. Maybe you're like me and its been even half a year since pushing towards a goal or task that God had given you. It's not too late to pick it back up. It's not too late to let God do a mighty work in your life. He sure is doing something in my life right now; I hope it is the same for you!
Let this be motivation to you, because we all need motivation at times. I hope I have encouraged you today in some way, whether that is to keep on doing what you're doing, getting back into the old routine, or maybe encouraging the ones around you to start showing the light of Christ. I believe one of the best ways to express and show the glory of God is through the talent He has blessed you with.
This isn't just about doing something you love; this is about showing the glory of God!
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am 20, and decided to start writing in the winter of 2017. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.