A couple of weeks ago at our church the Gospel reading was from the Book of St. Matthew from the Sermon on the Mount. I’m sure most of you are familiar with it. “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown down and trampled underfoot,” (St. Matthew 5:13).
While I’ve heard or read the passage dozens of times over the years, as often happens with the Holy Scriptures, this time it came alive for me in a new way.
I’ll be honest with you and admit I’ve been struggling with my writing (well, really, with my life) recently. I’ve had all sorts of health issues, everything from fracturing my left wrist flying off a moving treadmill (yes, you read that right) to the bronchitis accompanied by a lovely fever I’m currently working through. I’m also the full-time breadwinner and my husband’s caretaker, so there’s no shortage of things upon which I can find to whine about. And trust me—sometimes I do.
And that day at church, I was asking the Lord why He had called me to write. It isn’t the easiest career, nor, despite what some might think, the most glamorous.
“What am I doing?” I asked God, thoroughly exhausted and discouraged. “Am I completely off the mark here?”
He answered me with the Gospel reading from St. Matthew.
I write inspirational romances so I can season my work with God’s Word and characters who learn more about Him. It is my constant prayer that my words will reach readers’ hearts and encourage them.
And then I got to thinking about that salt thrown down onto the ground to be trampled underfoot. Even that salt can melt ice. My witness, through the books I write—is to show readers Jesus, the one who can melt their hearts of ice and offer them the warmth of salvation. And what better way than romance to show love, not only between the hero and heroine, but also between them and God. Because ultimately, salvation is a love story with a happy ending.
I don’t know where my books go, nor who reads them. But God does offer purpose through my writing. To be salt to the world.
How do you season your world?
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