>“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Hebrews 6:10 NKJV).
It happened again. A criticism came my way on a new work in progress, jolting my confidence. “Why do I bother to write?” I ask myself. Then another comment came in on the same section that said, “Great writing!” It seems that like so many other areas of our lives, judgment will vary according to who is doing the evaluation..
We’ve done our best. We’ve cast our bread upon the water to the point our heads hurt. And yet the criticisms mount. And we wonder, “Why bother?” The encouragement filters in…suck up. Don’t quit. Keep keeping on. Good advice and so we follow it. But the pain remains.
Like many who receive disappointing news, writers often cope with rejection by self-chastisement, going to the mall, or downing a box of chocolates. Some of us wallpaper our offices with rejection letters or mount them unto a dart board. We collect them for the biggest, best, or funniest rejection story like fishermen glory in the one that got away.
Sometimes within our arsenal of coping mechanisms God will send his encouraging word…always right for the occasion. How has God cushioned you in the throes of discouragement? Let’s cyber clink our coffee cups and frolic in the no-quitter zone.
Ponder me back.