When the Pen Hits the Paper

I’ve written a few posts that have gotten a rise out of people.  Is the purpose behind my writing to upset people?  Absolutely not!

I guess I could play it safe.  I could try to write to make everyone happy.  But who by playing it safe ever changed the world?  {Not that my writing is going to change the world!}  But it may change MY world or awaken some response or heartfelt change in you.

It all started when God said write, and I said yes.  I have to admit following Him in this way was a little scary.  What if people actually read my thoughts?

Though I was saying yes to God, I didn’t set out to change anything or anyone.  I was simply saying yes.  My journal and blog were for me.  There I could work out my feelings and what God was teaching me.  I realized life is a vapor; our bodies will die but the written word remains.  Writing was my way of leaving a legacy for my future grandchildren.  I wanted them to have glimpses of my personality, passions, and life.

Who would have known (except God) that people would actually be compelled to read?

Now I understand that writing is an act of radical obedience to God for me, and mediocrity is never my goal.  I always pray the words will stir something that evokes inspiration and change in people.  If it encourages the majority, and one or two here and there get offended, then that’s not too bad.  Even if I tried, I couldn’t please everybody.  So each time I write I ask, will this be helpful, uplifting, and will it please God (or man)?

” Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  Galatians 1:10

 When the rubber meets the road when it all boils down… when the pen hits the paper… God’s the One I’m answering to anyway, not people.  He’s the only One I care to please.  Regardless of any rejection or persecution I may face, I rest knowing God will use it if He inspires it.

My grandpa was a Baptist preacher, and he said in regard to persecution, “When a rock is thrown, the dog that barks the loudest is the one that got hit.”  Hmmm… something to think about!

When you say YES to God and no to this world, there will inevitably be persecution.   But be encouraged, it’s one of the markers of knowing you are in line with His plan.  If you’re enduring obstacles and attack, rejoice in knowing you are probably right where He wants you!  Stand strong!  Put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6), and pray against the fiery darts of the enemy.  Believe me, if you’re stepping out to follow God in faith, He will carry you.  The enemy will attack, but He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

If we live to people please and never offend, then we take no risks.  If we don’t move or risk doing what God says do, then we may never make a significant difference in the world around us. 

What is God asking you to do?  Make sure the voice you are hearing is God’s, then follow Him whatever the cost.  In the end that’s the place of greatest satisfaction.

16 thoughts on “When the Pen Hits the Paper

  1. eggthoughts says:

    Oh yes, I like that verse in Galatians! I had it printed out on a little note on my mirror for a long time.
    Thanks for stopping by my place! 🙂 ~Frances

  2. Gennie says:

    Love you my sweet angel friend from above! You bless me and so many others! To God be the GLORY! You inspire me to be more! More in the Image of Christ!!! XOXOXOXO

  3. Dana Ward says:

    It blesses me to see you, my daughter (my little girl) writing because of your love for the Lord. I am so thankful for you and how God is using you to show people who He is through additional word alongside His Word.

  4. mariannec53 says:

    You’ve expressed some wonderful thoughts, convictions, and
    TRUTH! You’ve encouraged us in knowing that radical obedience to our Savior WILL lead to radical reactions from others. That we should stand firm and face it, being confident that He allowed it and will empower us to overcome it! What a blessing you and your words are to me! Thank you!

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you Marianne. You read and encouraged me in my writing when no one even knew about my blog! You’ve blessed me more than you’ll ever know!

  5. Mary says:

    Rivera, how RIGHT you are! Thank you for your courage and conviction to follow our Father…I know He will continue to bless you that you might bless His children. I know I am blessed by you and your witness! Only in His Grace…

  6. CanaryTheFirst says:

    My take on blogging and writing goes along the lines of, “Write the kind of posts you’d like to read.”

    Imo, writing happy starts with one person, and that person is you.

    1. Rivera Douthit says:

      Thank you Ciara! You bless me! Witnessing the little transformations in your life has been a privilege for me. God is so good:) Love you!!!!

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