Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Facing My Writer's Block
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I love to blog since I find it much easier to express myself in writing than verbally. With public speaking (even in small groups) I struggle to find the right words to say. When I'm writing that never happens. The words flow abundantly.
But there's one thing that can cause my writing to sputter and falter. It's when I begin to compare my work to others. The mental comparison can happen so quickly before I realize what's happening, and my mind is flooded with thoughts of doubt and discouragement. If left unchecked, the words will become bottled within me to avoid the possible scrutiny of others.
This has happened recently.
I know it's not fair to me to compare myself to anyone else. Jesus reminds me that I'm incomparable.
I realize that the negative thoughts are the lies of Satan. The enemy is attacking my weakness -- my need to please others, to fit in, to excel at whatever I do.
I also know that if I stop writing that the devil will win the battle. He will have eliminated one way that I worship the Lord.
So with this knowledge and the strength of the Holy Spirit I will continue to write for as long as the Lord wants. I will share my words with you despite any fears and insecurities that I may have. Because even though my writing helps me in my spiritual walk, I don't believe God wants me to keep them to myself.
Do you share my struggle? How do you handle the temptation to compare yourself to others?
Linking with On Your Heart Tuesday, Soli de Grace and Commit2Write.