So, at first glance, today’s blog post isn’t going to look like it has much to do with writing, but I’m going to ask you to bear with me.
In Hebrews 3:13, the Bible says:
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)
As some of you know, I teach high school. It can be an, ahem, thankless job at times. One day early this school year, I was feeling particularly discouraged. I went home and wanted to go straight to bed, but I dragged my sorry carcass to church.
I’m so glad I did.
We had a guest speaker that night named Charley Bazzell. The text that he used was Hebrews 3:13, and the message he delivered focused on, among other things, the fact that the Bible tells us to encourage each other daily.
Yup. Guilty. I don’t encourage other people enough. I mean, I tell kids “Good job”, but I don’t do much to encourage my coworkers.
As I sat there, I began to feel as if I were the only person in the room. I realized that God was talking directly to me through Charley, and it was time for me to make a difference.
Making a Difference
So, this school year, I’ve made an active effort to encourage my coworkers. Every day, on my planning period, I take the time to handwrite or draw a note. The card usually has an uplifting quote or Bible verse, but sometimes they’re just silly. I don’t sign my name–I just slip the note in their mailbox after I’ve said a silent prayer for the person.
It has been an amazing thing for me and my spirit. I feel so much more uplifted at the end of the day because I spend my time focusing on others instead of myself.
How this relates to writing
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: I don’t want to write a review of that book. I’m no writer. I loved it, sure, but I just don’t have any words that anyone else would want to hear.
Writers, maybe more than anyone, need encouragement. Writing is a terribly lonely profession filled with a lot of rejection. Writers aren’t looking for eloquent reviews–they just want to know that someone (other than their mom) read their work and liked it. We’re not looking for pretentious critiques, either–we’re okay if you didn’t notice a theme. We just want to know you liked it.
Have you read someone’s work recently? Take the time to go back to Amazon, Goodreads, whatever, and drop a little review. It really does make a world of difference to an author.
Micki Clark is the author of Don’t Ask Me to Leave, a modern retelling of the story of Ruth and Naomi set in beautiful Montgomery County, Kentucky, rated 5 stars on Amazon! Get your copy here (https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Ask-Leave-Micki-Clark/dp/1945094117)
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