Seeking God's Smile

This week's topic in The Writer's View 2 (TWV2), an AOL online writer's group, yielded a painful truth: few writers earn a living only from writing.

Today, the panelist who initiated the discussion, focused a spotlight on a more important truth among these harsh realities of the publishing field. Cec Murphey wrote these faith-filled words to other Christian communicators:
Dream big. Work hard. If you truly believe that God is sovereign, it means your responsibility is to be faithful as you continue to improve your craft and send out manuscripts. One day God might smile brightly on you.

Cecil ("Cec") Murphey
Does faithful and hard work pay off in writing or in any area of life? Maybe not in blockbuster sales or six-figure salaries. But God rewards his servants in amazing ways -- seen and unseen. Consider the hope the Apostle Paul shared with believers:
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Cor. 15:58 (TNIV)
The Apostle Paul was a full time communicator of God's truth. He also mended fishing nets for cash flow.

It isn't always the money thing that keeps me from sending out manuscripts. I battle discouragement. This post is for others like me who need to put discouraging thoughts in perspective.

As you work today at whatever your hands find to do, I hope your heart serves God first and, then, others as he contracts your services out.

I'm seeking God's smile. How about you?


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