Hi there, Sherry Kyle here, writing from the central coast of California with a word of encouragement for you on this Monday before we celebrate Thanksgiving.
Over the last twelve years, I’ve taken writing classes, gone to conferences, been a part of critique groups, have had a couple of agents, and several editors—each person or workshop helping me to further my career as a writer. I’m grateful for the writing friends I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and the writing opportunities sent my way. I feel blessed to have signed five book contracts with traditional publishers. I have much to be thankful for. And yet my attitude isn’t always filled with appreciation for what God has done for me.
Why? Deep down, I’m selfish. I want more. More book contracts, more readers, and more money for all my effort. I’ve questioned whether I should be writing or looking for a job with a regular paycheck. When my focus shifts from what God can do through me to being all about me, I become discontent. And lately, my attitude has been far from grateful.
I haven’t been writing much the last few months. Instead, I’ve been orchestrating a total kitchen remodel after our recent move. I’ve been busy picking out cabinets, granite, appliances, and deciding where we should hang the chandelier and pendant lights, among other things. I’ve enjoyed these past few months, especially now that we’re cooking in our new kitchen.
I believe God knew I needed time away from writing to refocus—to surrender my self-centered desires and come before Him with His will in mind instead of my own. He’s the one in control of my writing.
Colossians 2: 6-7 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
When our relationship with God takes a backseat, it means we’re behind the wheel. If I’m in the driver’s seat, there’s a good chance I might get lost. But if I continue to read my Bible, live as Christ would, and spend time talking to God, my faith will be strengthened, my path straightened, and I will be grateful!
We can be thankful because God cares for each and every one of us. I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Thanksgiving blessings on your day,