As an author, I have to have time to write. I post a blog article each week, as well as occasional guest articles and writing books. Book writing isn’t necessarily hard, but it is time-consuming. In order to stay current with all the different writing and marketing that I do, I have to make good use of time. God has played a major role in my ability to do that, as He has given me great favor and blessing at work to be able to get paid by my current employer to write.
While at first this might sound unethical, I do not write for my own website and books when there is work to do–I do it when there is nothing else to do and I can either read a book, talk with coworkers, or write. So I write. You see, God is interested in creating more time and ability for me to succeed in life–and the same goes for you. How do I know this? I’m not the only one who has had this happen. If a well-known paramedic friend’s previous employer knew just how much they had paid him over the years to build his career as an author, they would probably be sick–and it’s all due to the favor and blessing of God.
God wants to prosper us in every area of life, and that includes finances. There is nothing spiritual about poverty–it is demonic bondage that brings death, so Jesus naturally opposes it. As such, God will work in our lives to make room to prosper us. We might not rocket to the top of the world in business, but God will provide ideas for ways to either start a business or increase our income–using methods unique to us.
How will God do that? Usually it involves time. I have had times where I had a LOT to do, whether because I was behind on articles and had deadlines to meet, or for some other reason. On my drive into work I would pray, “God, please give me an easy work night so that I will have time to work on the writing-related things I need to get done.” Often when I pray this, God is faithful to free up time during my shift to allow me to work on my website while meeting all the needs of my work position. While this wasn’t true of every job I have had, it has been true of the jobs when I really needed it.
Some people think this is just for the special few, but Psalm 2:7-8 says, “I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, ‘You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.'” God is interested in using US to touch the entire earth. It doesn’t matter how–God will be creative with each of us to work that out. I know campus pastors who don’t have to go to nations because students from all over the world come to them! One person may be a housekeeper, but the presence they bring into the homes where they work helps free others to go make the world a better place as well. Our work has a ripple-effect in this earth, and God will give us wisdom on how to prosper us while making the world a better place. Ask God what plans He has for you and how He plans to prosper you. Take some time to listen, write it down, and then move forward with the plans God has given you. It may take time, but God is faithful and He will walk you through it!
As a side-note, for those of you who feel called to write, I want to invite you to join our merry band of Warrior Scribes. You can find us connecting on Facebook in the group The Time is Write, a group that is made up of almost entirely Christian authors, although not limited to any particular belief set. If you are in need of web services to get yourself started, consider using my affiliate link to Bluehost, a website hosting service I am quite pleased with and who runs all my sites. If you need an email list service to get your business off the ground and to stay connected with others, consider using Mailchimp (contact me and I will send you an affiliate link) another service I use and am quite happy with.