Linda Wood Rondeau

Preparing the Sacrifice

Embracing the Servant Writer Role
Monday, August 7, 2023 by CHERI STRANGE

  

GUEST AUTHOR

Cheri Strange, PhD.

 

Childhood recess can leave a lasting mark. In the environment where I grew up, fairness, feelings, and failings were hardly considered. It was a place where one had to develop a thick skin, and any existing hurts were deeply ingrained. Being excluded from games, enduring vicious name-calling, or being picked last for teams only reinforced the feeling of not measuring up.

Dealing with Negativity in the Writing Journey

Maybe you can relate. Likely you have submitted your best work only to be rejected because it lacks appeal, your platform falls short, or the writing needs improvement. Rejections land hard upon our hearts and minds. We can tell ourselves turndowns are part of the author's life, but such negativity leaves its mark. The dread of recognizing all that you are not can be debilitating, questioning God's call to write.

Discovering Your True Identity

From the opening lines of his letter, James left all such dread on the playground. In one sentence, this man articulated a clear sense of God's purpose for his life, and it had nothing to do with ability, social status, or successful campaigns.

"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ." - James 1:1 ESV

Neither his vocation nor his skill level defined him. Knowing to whom he belongs and how that should play out in his life overshadowed all else. Paul describes this knowing to the Corinthians, asking them to consider whom God calls:

"God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him." - 1 Corinthians 1:28-29

God's Preference for the Unlikely

Those to whom Paul writes were very much like you and me. They leaned toward obscurity. Paul rightly reminds the Corinthians of God's strange work of the Gospel in them so that Jesus might get the glory rather than man. God picks those we might skip over: the weak, the untrained, and the unlikely. He chooses them on purpose. Therefore, there is room for God to use “less-thans” like you and me.

When the dread of all we are not leaves us feeling inferior and unfitted for the work, let us remember James, who calls himself the servant of God and of Jesus Christ. This identity colored each effort and covered every inadequacy so that he could do that which he was called.

Prayer for Embracing the Servant Writer Role

Lord Jesus, help me prioritize serving God over seeking success and human praise. May I trust Your ability to use my weaknesses for Your glory. Let me find strength in my identity in You, embracing my calling with confidence, knowing I'm chosen by You for this purpose. Amen.

By adopting a servant writer mindset, we find freedom from expectations and comparisons, embracing our unique voices for His glory our the good of others.

 

Cheri Strange has helped over 750,000 women redefine their worth through her writing, speaking, and popular YouVersion Bible reading plans. As an author and national speaker, Cheri helps other women see themselves through a Biblical lens. Dr. Strange holds a Ph.D. from Baylor University, and is the author of the award-winning book, Can You See Me, Now? Cheri and her husband live in Houston with their eight children and her Maine Coon cat.

Website: www.cheristrange.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/cheristrange/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Therealcheristrange

Share This Blog:


Previous Posts

KNOW YOUR STRENTHS
Linda Wood Rondeau
4/1/2024

MODERN MONEY CHANGERS
Linda Wood Rondeau
3/18/2024

WHEN THE GREEN-EYED MONSTER ROARS
Linda Wood Rondeau
2/19/2024

BUT GOD, YOU PROMISED!
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/30/2024

The Valley of Life/From Promisee to Fulfillment
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/15/2024

WHAT KIND OF WRITER DO YOU WANT TO BE
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/8/2024

INSPIRATION
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/25/2023

IT'S ALL IN THE PACKAGING
Linda Wood Rondeau
12/18/2023

PRECEPTS AND PROMPTS
DONNA STEARNS
11/27/2023

DESTRUCTIVE ALIGNMENTS
Linda Wood Rondeau
11/13/2023

THE WRITER'S HEART
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/30/2023

WHAT IS TRUE PROSPERITY
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/16/2023

PRAYING FOR FELLOW LABORERS
Linda Wood Rondeau
10/3/2023

MANAGING DISAPPOINTMENT
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/18/2023

LITTLE IS MUCH
Linda Wood Rondeau
9/4/2023

Setting Goals
DONNA STEARNS
8/28/2023

PUTTING LOVE INTO OUR MARKETING
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/21/2023

ARE YOU QUALIFIED
Linda Wood Rondeau
8/14/2023

Embracing the Servant Writer Role
CHERI STRANGE
8/7/2023

THE WRITER'S HEART: EXCELLENCE
DONNA STEARNS
7/31/2023

WHERE DO WRITERS GET THOSE MARVELOUS IDEAS?
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/24/2023

EVERYONE'S A CRITIC
Steve Laube
7/17/2023

FEED MY SHEEP
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/10/2023

DO WE HIDE OUR LIGHT?
Linda Wood Rondeau
7/3/2023

OUR WORK IN PROGRESS
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/27/2023

TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/19/2023

The Lily of the Valley and the Rose of Sharon
Linda Wood Rondeau
6/11/2023

THE BANE OF THE ALTERNATIVE SACRIFICE
Linda Wood Rondeau
4/4/2023

AN AUTHOR'S GREATEST SUCCESS
Julie Arduini
3/13/2023

TIPS TO ORGANIZE WRITING FOR HIM
SALLY JO PITTS
3/6/2023

UPON OUR SHOULDERS
Linda Wood Rondeau
2/8/2023

THE FIRST STEPS
Linda Wood Rondeau
1/29/2023