Hope for wilted writers


Fellow writer, do you feel that your writing is withering on the vine?

I woke up depressed about poor book sales, slow online traffic and little reach on social media. I got even more depressed when I read the next section as I’m reading through the gospels.

      “And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Mark 4:20)

It feels like my writing has been trampled on the path, eaten up by the enemy and choked out in the marketplace. Is the problem of poor book sales a “seed” or “soil” problem? I honestly think God, I Don’t Understand and Overcoming Fear and Worry are solid, biblical teachings. However, they don’t seem to be producing much of a harvest! I am grateful that The Imitation of Christ devotional has had respectable sales, but I can’t give away Intimacy with Christ: Beyond Information and Involvement. (It’s free!) Hmmm?

This is encouraging, though:

      Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come” (Mark 4:26-29).

Books never go “out of print” as in suddenly disappearing from the earth. They live on in libraries, home book shelves and garage sales! With 20 books and 2,500+ articles, “night and day,” whether I’m “sleep or awake,” someone is probably reading something I wrote. I can’t see lives that are being changed through my books, website and emails. But blades of life are pushing through, attitudes and actions are being formed, and spiritual lives are ripening!

“Thank you, ‘author and finisher of our faith’!”

Copyright © 2019 James N. Watkins

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