|This man has the right idea!|
I’m currently reading a chapter a day in Deuteronomy Today, it wasn’t the scripture
that contained a takeaway for me, but the study note in my John MacArthur NASB
Study Bible regarding Deut. 13:3 that says God was testing the Israelites to
see how much they did love Him in the face of temptation. The study note
states: “…while temptation was dangerous, the overcoming of that
temptation would strengthen the people in their love for God and obedience to
I pondered the idea that temptations can be strength-builders when we overcome, but
the lesson didn’t hit full-force until I went to the gym and decided to
increase the weights on some of the machines I use. The increase was only five
pounds, but what had become fairly easy suddenly became more difficult. Yet I pushed on,
straining at times, until I accomplished my goals. Why? Because it’s been proven
that without increasing the resistance, my muscles will never strengthen. They
needed that extra weight in order to become stronger.
That got me thinking about adversity and trials beyond the temptations that I
face every day. They provide increased weight to my inner soul, strengthening
it like a muscle when I don’t give up and stop resisting the temptation. The harder I work at resisting and rising above the
disappointments, setbacks, and trials of life, the more I will depend on
God to get me through. And my love for Him can only increase because He gives me EVERTHING I need for life.
How does that translate to my writing journey? With every rejection I receive (and
there have been many over the years), every hard critique that points out flaws
in my story, every time a typo that slipped past me, I can benefit through in the same way increasing the weight on the leg press machine like the one like the guy is using in the picture.
This morning I grimaced through most of the exercises, but I am now a
bit stronger for having endured. And each disappointing experience I have with
my writing will only make me stronger and more determined to grow from the
experience, as I trust God, knowing He is in charge and equipping me to better my
craft. At the proper time I will reap a harvest if I don’t give up. (See
Soon after I wrote this, I was blessed with my first book contract, and two more followed. Since then my writing still continues to be blessed, but not without ups and downs as the landscape of fiction publishing has changed in many ways. With each down I have remembered this lesson and it has carried me through.
If you are a writer looking to be traditionally published or perhaps you are thinking about going indie (self publishing), hang in there and trust God. He has a plan for you, not to harm but to give you hope and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11)
of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago
with her two rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love and her 1933 historical romance, Love
Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Love
is All We Need (the sequel to Thyme for Love) will release soon, and Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing
of the Carolinas, will release in January 2017. When she isn’t at her laptop
writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and
other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.