Posted by: nancyisanders | January 18, 2021

2021: A GREAT Year for Writers

I don’t usually pick a theme for every year, but after 2020 threw us all such a curve ball, I felt inspired to choose one for 2021. It started with picking a theme Bible verse:

“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 5:19, NKJV.

I don’t know about you, but in my life in 2020, I was controlled by restrictions that were outside of my power to change. I couldn’t go grocery shopping late at night like I prefer when our city was put under curfew. I couldn’t host my local writing friends in my home as I’d been planning on doing. I couldn’t attend a local writing conference because it got cancelled. I couldn’t attend funerals with friends and neighbors who lost a loved one. The list goes on and on and I know you have tales of your own to tell. Yes, 2020 is a year many of us would like to forget.

But with Matthew 5:19 in mind, 2021 can be a GREAT year, because no matter what restrictions are enforced or new virus strains are discovered, God gives us an amazing promise:

If we follow His commandments, and teach these commandments to others, we shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of heaven.

As writers, this is an exciting prospect indeed! Our efforts do not go unnoticed as we model the life of a Christ-follower within our writing circles, and through the words that we write teach a biblical worldview to a lost and hurting world.

Now, I don’t know exactly what this promise means…does it mean that even while we’re sitting at our computer and writing, God and Jesus are sitting in heaven and Jesus turns to God with excitement in his voice and says, “Look at my scribe! She is doing a GREAT thing today. Truly she is GREAT in our kingdom.”

Or does it mean that on that day when we stand before the judgement seat and the books are opened, that Jesus will step forth and announce triumphantly to all the angels and heavenly host, “Take a special look at this scribe. He is GREAT! In the blog posts, social media posts, articles, stories, and books he wrote, he taught the commandments. And he kept them well. Well done, good and faithful servant!”

I don’t know exactly how this verse will be fulfilled for eternity, but what I do know is enough to make me very, very excited for 2021 and the year ahead. I want to study God’s Word and read the Bible with renewed enthusiasm. I want to be diligent and faithful about my Christian walk to make sure I’m following God’s biblical commandments and not current cultural trends that are deceiving even fellow church-goers and writers to err. 

And then I want to teach God’s commandments through the words that I write. Whether fiction or nonfiction, children’s or adults, in my social media connections or in the writing groups where I participate…oh what a glorious goal for the year ahead, each and every day.

Yes, I’m counting on 2021 to be a GREAT year. I hope you’ll be inspired to do the same!

-Image by ShadOwfall from Pixabay


Responses

  1. the promises in His word are truly a reason to expect great things. I’m asking for greater consistency this year, and focusing on James 4:13. Happy New Year.

    • Amen! And thanks for sharing that verse!

  2. Amen! I’m with you, Nancy.

  3. Inspiring post Nancy. Thank you.

  4. Great encouragement. Thanks, Nancy.

  5. Great post to start the writing year! Thank you, Nancy!

    • You’re welcome!!!! Blessings to you on your writing, family, and health in the new year!!!!

  6. Nancy, thank you for these encouraging words. I picked the very same verse as my theme verse for this year! What a privilege and a responsibility to teach the Scriptures well through our writing. It is a privilege and responsibility with an eternal impact.

    • I am so touched to hear this is your theme verse too. Let’s do GREAT exploits for
      God


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