The Upper Room 31 January 2024 Devotional: Inspired to Write
Read and Study Today’s The Upper Room Daily Devotional for January 31st, 2024 Message written by Debra Pierce (Massachusetts, USA). God bless you as you study today! Please share with your friends and loved ones.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I will persevere in the purpose God has given me.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
When I arrived home from painting class, I checked my email. My mood plummeted when I found that my devotional submission had been rejected. I reviewed the list of possible reasons for the rejection that the publisher sent. Then I read my meditation several times, trying to discern why it wasn’t accepted.
For aspiring writers, rejections are discouraging. Sometimes rejected meditations cause me to doubt my God-given purpose. But still I labor at my craft. My heart’s desire is to glorify God through my writing and to share my faith experiences with others.
But writing is hard work. It requires discipline and commitment, as well as a teachable spirit. Rejections, though discouraging, are also a catalyst for continued learning and practice. So when discouragement threatens to derail my efforts, I recall today’s quoted verse and remember why I write: It’s an expression of my love for others and for God. Whether or not my meditations are published, God is pleased with my efforts. When God weaves within us a divine purpose, God also equips us to persevere. And so as my words flow across the page, I continue to answer God’s call on my life.
Heavenly Father, help us remain committed when we face rejection. Give us teachable spirits and the will to persevere in our response to your call. Amen.