I honestly believe that most people have at least one book in them. The problem is that many people go to the grave with their book still in them. Why? Nine times out of ten, they never finish the book because the never start it. I think the first chapter is the hardest chapter. It’s a downhill coast from there. You need to find a metaphor, find your voice. Then the book unfolds. Is it easy? No. It involves blood, sweat, and tears. And a lot less sleep. One key to writing is a book is setting your alarm very early in the morning! But if you do, the book will come out of you. And it’s NOT about how many copies you sell. If God has called you to write, then typing on a keyboard is an act of obedience. You are writing for an audience of one!
Isaiah 30:8 is one of my writing verses. It encapsulates why I write.
And now, go, write it before them on a tablet and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come as a witness forever.
A witness forever. Did you catch that? I love that. A book is a message in a bottle that lands on distant shores. A book is a time capsule that future generations will discover. I hope my my great-great-grandchildren read what I wrote. It’ll give them a glimpse into my heart and mind a hundred years after I die.
A book is what I call asynchronous ministry. It exponentially expands your influence because it doesn’t have any spacetime restraints. You can only be in one place at one time! But books can be anywhere, anytime. Books are divine appointments waiting to happen. They enable supernatural synchronicities to occur. Somebody somewhere is reading something I wrote around the clock.
My prayer has always been this: Lord, put my books in the right hands at the right time. And the way God has answered that prayer is nothing short of amazing. Here’s a fun example. Megan Fox, the actress in Transformers, was caught with a copy of The Circle Maker by paparazzi in Brazil (scroll down). You just never know who God will use you to touch via writing. But that is the beauty of a book. Once it’s out of your hands and in His Almighty hands, anything can happen!
You have a book in you. I know you do! And God is calling it out the way he called Lazarus out of the tomb. Come out, book. Come out.Apr 17, 2013 | Mark Batterson