This week I’m reflecting on ten years of writing devotions. In the early days of writing, my mind was beginning to be consumed with fear. I felt the pressure of coming up with something to write about each day. I made a list in my phone of possible topics that I would add to. I would ask friends what they thought I should write about. Some mornings I sat there frozen, not knowing what to write, and feeling the pressure of an audience expecting something from me. Doing what God asked me to do was making me miserable and fearful – neither of which come from God.
I went to a writer’s conference hoping to gain insight. When I went to the registration table, they gave me a ticket to have a private breakfast with William Paul Young, writer of “The Shack”. Over breakfast, I explained my predicament. He gently told me that I was approaching God the wrong way. I was looking at Him as a well that could run dry. Instead, God is a never ending river of creativity. He said, “If you go to God’s creative river each day with an empty bucket and pray, ‘God, here’s my bucket. Would you fill it up with what you want to say,’ He will do it. You are going to have to spend time at His feet in order to do that.” Immediately I felt freedom and the fear left me.
What I realized is that God is the source of creativity, not me. I was trying to do what He asked me to in my own strength, creativity and knowledge. That was creating a mental mess. Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord who rules over all” (NET). Whatever God has called you to do, He has called you to do it in His strength, not yours. Yes, you must show up and do the work, but you are not the source, He is. Don’t let the fear of your inadequacy take over your mind. Instead, go to God each and every day, recognizing He is the source, and ask Him to fill that bucket with whatever you need to fulfill what He’s called you to. It will free you up and restore the joy of your calling.
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3 responses to “Tenth Anniversary: God Is Your Source”
Chris, I was looking for some verses or a devotional on hiking (for a life group I was leading) and came across your site with the perfect devotion for our group. That was May of 2016, around your 1000th post! And have been following you ever since. Your insight to topics and personal relevance brings a sentence or two to life and is part of my everyday routine to start the day off right (in the Lord’s Word and a devotion). Thank you for your obedience to Him and willingness to share this talent to so many you may never know -you are making a difference!
Happy 10-year Anniversary to “Devotions by Chris” 🙂
Wow! Thank you for that encouragement. I was looking at the 1000th post yesterday. I’m planning on using tomorrow as part of this series.
Thank you for your faithfulness to grow and learn from God’s Word. Bless you!