Where will the words come from today? What will be my inspiration? Inspire means to breathe. The inspiration that I seek, like the air that I breathe, must come from a source outside myself.
Karla M. Kincannon in Creativity and Divine Surprise writes about what happens in our work when we encounter “the creative energy of God.” “The encounter takes the artist…where she or he cannot go independently.”
“When we cooperate with the God who encounters us on the pilgrim’s journey we become servants of the Divine, doing the work of Love even as we allow it to be done in us. The end result always embodies greater significance than we could have accomplished on our own.”
Frederick Buechner writes about inspiration in The Eyes of the Heart:
“I don’t mean a truth that I thought up on my own and then put into her mouth, but a truth, instead, that came to me out of God only knows where, the way Godric came to me once, and Leo Bebb, the way all my life moments have occasionally come to me when I said more than I knew and I did better than I am.”
Inspiration from God comes when I open myself up to His creative energy and choose to cooperate with His work in the world.
This is my prayer this morning, that with God’s inspiration I may say more than I know and do better than I am.
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
These words are a writer’s worst enemy. They bring up all kinds of insecurities.
What if I can’t find words today?
What if my manuscript is rejected?
What if my book doesn’t sell?
Worrying can sap my strength and stop the flow of ideas.
Linda Dillow gives a great antidote for anxiety in her book, Calm My Anxious Heart. Drawing from Philippians 4 she gives us four choices we can practice that allow us to experience God’s peace.
- Choosing to give our anxieties to God – I can make a decision today that I will not worry about my work.
- Choosing to pray specifically – I can choose lift up my concerns about my work to God.
- Choosing to be thankful – Gratitude helps me focus on God’s faithfulness.
- Choosing to dwell on the positive – I can make a choice to see the glass half full.
God’s peace or my worry? It is a matter of choice. I can give in to the “what if”s or I can choose to practice peace.
Today I choose peace.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Betsy Duffey, writingsisters.com
A joyful heart is good medicine.
When I see Lucy and Ethel coming out in their bakery hats I start to smile. As I watch them desperately wrapping candies unable to keep up with the speed of the conveyor belt, I totally relate to the feeling. I’m already behind today. Now I’m laughing and feeling connected, not alone in my frailty and human condition. It’s a relief to be reminded that I am human, made of dust. My own busy day pulls into perspective.
As a writer I can use humor to relate to my readers and to help my readers connect to their own humanity, but humor can be misused too. How can I use it wisely? In an article for the Soul Care Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs explains the difference between the humor of the world and the humor of the one who knows God:
- Glorifies Sin
- Puts down others
- Ridicules righteousness
- Hurts the spirit
- Avoids offense
- Builds up others
- Honors the Lord
- Heals the Spirit
Humility and humor and human come from the same root word, humus, which means soil, earth, ground, or sod. The best humor invites us to share in the experience of being human or even being made of dirt by a God who loves us. Worldly humor comes from a platform of superiority over others, Godly humor from a platform of humility.
Humor is a gift from God to remind us who we are and to keep us humble, best of all it makes us laugh.
I think I’ll watch Lucy and Ethel one more time before I get back to work.