It is so easy to get annoyed with the writer who wins a lot of contests, hits the best seller list, or gets a lot of attention. Because after all, what writer doesn’t value recognition and fame? Isn’t that what we work so hard for to begin with?
You might almost say yes, but stop a moment to think. Do we really write so we can have recognition, fame, be on the best seller list or win contests?
If the answer is yes, we will become spiritually bankrupt. It is completely fine to work hard and find excitement when success comes our way, but it shouldn’t be what we are all about.
Matthew 6:21 (NIV)
“For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”
In the previous verses it talks about storing up treasures on earth where it will eventually fade away versus storing up treasures in heaven which are eternal.
Earthly treasures such as awards, trophies, fame and fortune will all fade away. Heavenly treasures are things done on earth that last for eternity. (I loved this definition that I found on Sermon Central so I added the link.)
So, are you investing in heavenly treasures? Is your writing dedicated to do the things God asked of you in your career for His purpose?
If your treasure is only in the accolades and earthly recognition, your heart will be focused on those things. It will bring great dissatisfaction and self-blame when you don’t achieve them.
If your treasures are the things done on earth that you commit to God for eternal gain, then your heart will be delighted by fulfilling God’s purpose in your life without the fame. You are relying on God to do His work through you. The work towards excellence is to glorify God and not to further ourselves.
This truth can bring so much freedom. It is not our job to create fame and fortune. It is in God’s hands to determine the purpose for our writing and the outcome He desires.
What are some ways you remind yourself to keep your focus heavenly instead of earthly?