It is so easy to get caught up in the hope game.
I hope my friends love the story.
I hope I win the contest with my story.
I hope an agent will want my story.
I hope an editor is blown away by my story.
As writers, we play the hope game every time we send out a query or when we meet an agent/editor at a conference. That is simply human nature, to hope and wish for what we don’t already have.
Unfortunately, we can reach a place where the hope turns to discouragement, in which case, we are apt to “settle” because we just want someone to read our stories.
That’s where wisdom steps in.
Lord, give me the wisdom to serve you with the talent you’ve given me, even if that means I can’t control this situation. I might not ever see my book in print, but give it a purpose, Lord.
Wisdom should always outweigh our own desires.
Hence, strength. Once we’ve decided on the path that keeps us directed, away from our own desires, we’ll need strength to maintain our resolve.
Strength to keep writing.
Strength to continue seeking an agent/editor.
Strength to make the right choices after prayerful consideration.
Strength to meet all the deadlines this lifestyle puts on us.
Three simple words:
Hope, Wisdom, and Strength.