“There are significant moments in everyone’s day that can make literature. That’s what you ought to write about.” – Raymond Carver
You DO have a story. Maybe lately you’ve begun to wonder:
Is this story I’m writing really worth it? Will it really make a difference?
Rest assured, writer. The giver of all good gifts has not given you a story that is insignificant. He only gives good and perfect gifts. It is the voice of the adversary—the accuser—the enemy of all writers that would try to convince you that your story is not worth it. And why? The answer is one word:
Yes, writer. The adversary fears your story. He fears its impact. He fears the lives it will touch. The minds it will change. The relationships it will transform. So, be encouraged, writer. The pain you feel is not because your story is insignificant. It is because it has more significance than you could begin to imagine.
Even if your story is small right now—like a mustard seed or like David the shepherd boy—don’t let weeds choke out that dream, or giants shout down your courage. Lean on your King and keep going. Your sprout may be on its way to becoming a mustard tree—large enough to shelter others. It might become a warrior—with the heart of God to set captives free.
The only way you will see all your story is meant to become is if you keep going. Yes, the path may be full of challenges but our King has gone before us. He’s told us so:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
So, the next time you are tempted to doubt your story, writer, look up! Remember the King who gifted it to you and rejoice!
And then, sit down, and write some more.