While this post is specifically aimed at bloggers and the like, social media has made it so that we all share our words daily. Regardless if you consider yourself a writer or not, I hope these reminders bless you. Words are powerful, friend. Let’s use them wisely.
The other day I was scrolling through a couple of my favorite Christian blogger Facebook groups when I started to notice a trend. So many of my fellow writers were considering throwing in the towel. And as someone who attempted to quit blogging, I know that feeling all to well.
- You feel like no one is reading your words.
- You’re not sure it’s worth the time and energy you put into it.
- Someone left a mean comment on your blog or went out of their way to attack you.
- You feel like you aren’t good enough to continue.
I’ve struggled (and sometimes still do) with all of these, so here’s some encouragement for both of us.
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5 Important Reminders for Christian Writers
1. Words are powerful.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. – Proverbs 18:21 NLT
You have been given the gift of words. And those words—like all words—are power-filled. Don’t forget. Each one is important.
2. You hold the power to lift others up or tear them down.
Why do you share your writing? to encourage and inspire others in their walk with Christ?
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
When someone clicks through to your blog do they find rants, negativity, and hate? Or is it a place where they see vulnerable authenticity that points to God and the forward movement of creation?
3. Make sure you are spreading Truth not lies.
Obviously, right? But not all blogs on the internet are factual. Very few of us are theologians, but we try our best to present Scripture as how we were taught and understand it.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
Let’s make sure our writing is Truth through prayer, regular Bible study, and through the counsel of wise, discerning men and women in our life.
4. Your intention is important to your message.
In the past, I have been guilty of writing a post about a certain topic in hopes a certain person would read it and apply it to their life or at least feel bad about themselves.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Resist the urge to use your writing as a passive-aggressive means to one-up or prove a point to another, especially if it isn’t done in love.
5. All of this (like every other area) is for God’s glory not our own.
As a writer, you will feel the backlash, you will get hurt and be unfairly judged. Your numbers may grow slowly or not at all. You may very well make mistakes and forget about all of these reminders. But one thing that is vital to your writing and every other area of your life is your why.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
Why do you write? For the glory of God. Not for selfish ambition or for earthly gain. For the glory of God. Does your writing bring Him glory? Does it point back to Him?
If you are writing for Him, does all of the negatives matter?
And when the cons start to outweigh the pros and you want to quit, make sure it’s not because you are believing one of these lies.
Bonus Tip: Grammar and Editing
While my posts are not perfect, I want to let you in on my secret way to catch most of my mistakes. If our message is lost in the midst of grammar and spelling errors, then what’s the point?
So I installed the Grammarly app to my browser that scans for both grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in real time. They have a free edition, which I currently use, but I’ve been considering upgrading to the paid version.
It keeps me from making embarrassing spelling mistakes in e-mails, in my blog posts, and on social media. And I love that each week they send me an e-mail with how many words I wrote and how that compares to other Grammarly users. I’m a nerd like that!
If you don’t want your message muddled by spelling mistakes, I highly recommend checking out Grammarly.
So, friend, what about writing do you struggle with most? Have you ever wanted to quit? I would love it if you would share in the comments.
Go love well.
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