The calling to spread God’s message to others can feel at first intimidating, overwhelming, and to be honest, a lot of work. However, there is sweet blessing built into our labor.
I was chatting with a woman who had just given her first ever Christian speech. While admitting she had been both nervous and unsure of herself, she said that she was blessed by the experience.
I asked her why and she said, “Because I felt like the process of figuring out my message, researching, and preparing enriched my life in an incredible way. I think I learned more from this than any of the women who listened to me talk.”
This surprised me. I had been one of those women who had listened to her speech and I had taken several notes and been deeply moved by what she shared.
My friend’s revelation got me thinking. I reviewed the hours I’ve spent preparing my own speeches, blog posts, and manuscripts. I am abundantly blessed in them. There are moments when I feel like God gave me His word, spoon fed me great things that I needed for growth and healing. It is as if the message was first for me and me alone.
As Christian communicators we get caught up in the numbers: numbers of follows, readers, people in our audience, books sold, and invitations to speak. But even if that aspect of our labor doesn’t seem favorable, we are blessed simply by the work.
We write our testimony and get to look back and see God’s plan woven into our life. We speak about breaking addictions or cultivating relationships, and are enlightened through our research and preparation. We write a non-fiction book about Christian living and become convicted that God is the only true way to live. We write a blog to uplift others and are ourselves filled with hope. We write a story and are thankful that God’s light shines through the darkness of our world.
The examples go on and on.
Perhaps one of the most precious gifts He has given us is this calling, this dream, this passion. As Christian communicators, dedicated to getting God’s message to the world, we are intimately blessed by our Heavenly Father. We are reminded to work closely with Him in prayer and in His Word.
Because any message we were called to share was first meant for us to hear.