This #writerwednesday I wanted to share something that was on my heart. It's always important that we stay true to who we are. As individuals whether seeking our dreams, living life, pursuing a goal, or whatever. This is especially true as a writer. Trying to go against the grain will never work.
Whenever you find yourself doing something for all the wrong reasons, and you don't have peace within it's time to back away. Last week I had the opportunity to do some ghostwriting, which is something I am definitely interested in. However, the proposals offered to me pushed me out of my comfort zone.
As writers we often hear about how we should not try to write in a genre that isn't our flow, because it will be felt by the reader. You don't follow the trend, but you stay real and true to you. Well, this was not that situation. I have no doubt that I could have rocked both projects out. These specific situations challenged my spiritual journey and would have been in direct conflict with other things I'm working on, as well as the road I'm traveling.
I was very hesitant about whether or not to do the work, and actually began flowing in the direction of just doing these two projects, and not continuing afterwards. Pushing aside all of my misgivings and doubts I began to justify the wrong decision. Finally, Thursday night just before I accepted the final contract I sat down and did some soul-searching. Holy Spirit was very clear on what I was supposed to do. Of course, I took it to Marvelous and we discussed it. Regardless of how much I wanted him to help me in my decision, he refused. He stated afterwards, he did not want to interfere with my free will. It had to be my decision. In the end I understood and it was so freeing and such a wonderful revelation!
I continued struggling on it, sent up a small prayer and before it left my lips good I had another urging from Holy Spirit, stronger than ever. I stopped and in worry I began to type up my rejection offering an explanation of my refusal. I was concerned about how one particular person would feel about this. However, in the end not only did the person wholeheartedly agree with my decision, but I had PEACE in the end.
Let me back up to say that when I first began really struggling with the situation I recalled someone once saying, it's okay to back up out of something when you realize God is not in it. And for me, He definitely was not in this situation. I encourage you on your journey, always be true to yourself. Stand firm for what you believe in, as my husband always says. And never sell yourself out, or your soul for a momentary thrill, a dollar amount, or to please man. Always seek to give your best in whatever you do, and be true to your calling.
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