As an aspiring-to-be-recognized writer, I attended a local writer’s conference sponsored by an organization for which I had been writing devotions. Here’s my chance to hobnob with those who have pull in the writing world, I thought. I had been writing for a number of years and had always told myself I was doing this for God. Yet in the silence of some moments, I wondered if that was entirely true. Could I accept it if I was never published? Goodness knows, I had already received my share of rejection letters.
I quickly discovered the writing world was a dog-eat-dog world. One of the break-out sessions I chose was hosted by the co-founder and editor of the organization sponsoring the conference. Imagine my discouragement when he stood before the group and told us how much it costs a publishing company to publish a book and what our chances were for getting published. It was decision time. With the bare facts before me, would I keep writing even if I was overlooked by everyone in the publishing world? Would it be enough to be rewarded only by God and never anyone else?
I was convicted. Jesus often cautioned the religious authorities about doing what they did for recognition. Rather, he—like the present writer, investigates my motivation. The effects of my writing—and anything else I do for God, will be quickly forgotten if I do it for praise from others. But if my service to God—in whatever form it takes, is done so others may see my good works and glorify the Father, then the effects will linger long after my eyes have closed in death.
Though I may face rejection and disappointment while on earth, God will never overlook what I do for him when it’s done with the right spirit.
Let the assurance of God’s love and recognition bolster you when you feel forgotten.
Prayer: Eternal God and Father, thank You for comforting us in those times when we feel overlooked and forgotten.