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Giving All  by Beth Ann Ziarnik


Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3, NLT).

I slumped at my desk and closed my eyes to trap the tears that threatened to escape. “I’m ready to give up, Lord! I’ve worked on this manuscript and worked some more. It’s just not getting anywhere.”

For that matter, I had a whole bunch of manuscripts that weren’t getting anywhere. Some

made the rounds of so many editors’ desks, it didn’t make sense to send them out again. Others I couldn’t finish yet no matter how hard I tried.

“I’m weary of the battle, Lord, and I don’t think I’ll ever finish this novel.”

Tears trailed wet paths down my face. I palmed them away. “If you have an idea you care to share, Lord, I could use it now.”

Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.

Huh? Surely God knew I had dedicated all my writing to him.

Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.

A cold knowing hit my heart. Obviously I had missed something behind those twelve short words. Something important.

Several hours later, I pushed my concordances, commentaries, and dictionaries aside and stared at what I’d distilled from them. So that was the problem.

Committing my work to the Lord meant more than offering a quick prayer before I barreled ahead with my day’s writing plan. It was spreading everything before him each morning—manuscripts, plans, deadline schedules—and most of all, myself. It was praying, “Lord, here am I. Use me. What do you want me to accomplish today?” It was sharing my difficulties and delights with him. It was inviting him into every aspect of my life and writing.

I knelt down to do that very thing, and then rose up to obey.

It wasn’t long before I began to see manuscripts in print with my byline beneath the title.

Better yet, readers told me how God had touched their lives through those words. I could not thankand praise the Lord enough!

Here’s the valuable lesson I learned on that long ago day. Being a Christian writer isn’t a simple matter of being a Christian who writes. It’s being a Christian who lays his or her writing gift at the feet of the Lord and obeys him.

As I look back, every one of my published manuscripts was a fruit of God’s plan, not mine. Painful as all the yearsof struggle were, how glad I am he preserved that precious pattern in my life.

One day I will see my novel in print. In the meantime, I have the joy of giving my all to the Lord each day, letting him guide and direct me, and then trusting him with the fruits of my labor.

Like countless Christian writers, I’m continually astonished by God—the Giver of all our writing gifts.

Lord God, may we never forget that you are the Giver of all good gifts. As Christian writers, may we faithfully lay our all before you each day and rise up to obey. Amen.

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