Becoming a good writer doesn’t just happen. Even for the gifted, among whom I do not count myself, developing this craft involves work, study, exploration, prayer, and practice. Oh! Let’s not forget humility. This is a tough business, I mean the work and emotional weight of it, but in the waiting, we can rejoice (Romans 5:3-4) because something good is happening in our souls.

Prayer helps!

I’m here Lord, waiting patiently for You to develop this desire you gave me to write into something more. Make me patient in the waiting, make me active too. I want to serve You through my writing now and I’m trusting You to make it better as we go, together. I know you are with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

For my part, I’ll continue to work at it. I’ll study scripture so that I may grow in courage to share it (Ephesians 6:19). I will explore different types of writing and read different authors to learn more about effectively communicating. I’ll pray the Spirit leads me to write words people want to read. Words that lead others to seek Jesus. Finally, I will practice until my desire becomes a real skill (Psalm 37:4).

That should keep me busy enough to make the time go faster and the waiting seem shorter. What are you going to do?

Why not do something that brings you closer to your goal? Why not work, study, explore, pray and practice while the Holy Spirit works in you? You will learn more than you thought you could. Find strength you didn’t know you had (Philippians 4:13). Gain confidence and step out in faith.

Patience is easier when we are active in the process. You gotta have skin in the game. Don’t worry about what God is doing while you’re waiting. Don’t sit passively expecting something to happen either. Embrace it! Just jump in with both feet.

You may just become a more patient person in the process, and that only increases your capacity to do more.

On your mark, get set, GO!


Go to the Table of Contents to read more posts in this series on the Fruit of the Spirit as they go live.

31 Days of Five Minute Friday Free-Writes, it’s a writing challenge hosted by Kate Motaung over at Five Minute Fridays. We write daily for five minutes using a prompt Kate provides. The point is to write. The prompt today is WAIT.



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