When I began to actively pursue a writing career, I started taking a serious look at my motives. Was I writing for my own glory? Was my goal to show the world what I could do and bask in the praises and compliments of my readers? Was it simply to publish the story I had worked on for years so I wouldn't feel like I'd wasted my time?
Of course my answer was no. I long to make a difference in this world for Christ. I want to write stories that will draw people into a closer relationship with Him. But how can I know for sure that I'm being honest with myself -- answering from my heart and not from my mind? My books aren't published yet.
As I pondered these questions, God dropped something in my spirit that I will never forget.
Prove your desire to minister by doing it. You have the opportunity to impact lives for My sake right now.
I knew His challenge went further than a blog, although that was definately part of it. He was coaxing me out of my comfort zone, and drawing my attention to the opportunities He gave me everyday. Everyday, I have the opportunity to bless and show kindness to rude people on the highway and in the store. Everyday I have the opportunity to show God's love to hurting and lonely people. How is my desire to touch lives through my stories any different than loving people in person? After all, story-telling is just a tool.
Though I do drop the ball a lot, this new perspective on "the goal" is changing my life. Every time I leave my house or get on the Internet to network, I try to recognize and seize opportunities for ministry.
A trip to the grocery store never fails to provide me with the most interesting opportunities. Just the other day, a woman drove her cart in front of mine and said, "I was here first!" Her glare dared me to challenge her. I didn't. I gulped back my shock, smiled and said "okay". A "Jesus loves you" would have been in order, but I didn't think about it at the time. Hey, I'm a work in progress. :-)
What kind of opportunities do you have? Any interesting stories?