Bless the Lord, Christian Author!
Welcome to another Empowering Post.
I'm Felecia Killings, and I'm pleased to be working with you to build a writing ministry that will last a lifetime.
For today's lesson, I want to touch upon an important topic that most coaches do not address.
And as with the previous lessons that I've constructed, discussing this issue directly connects with your ability to be most productive within your writing ministry.
I want to touch upon the problem of self-entitlement and how new Christian Authors fall victim to this in the beginning stages of their work.
Now, as I'm teaching this lesson, I want you to understand that I was also guilty of it, and I will explain why a little later.
But if this type of mental attitude isn't addressed within your own work, then you won't experience the kind of results that you desire.
Within today's post, I will specifically address:
So, let's get this lesson started. I know that it will bless you.
Self-Entitlement Among New Christian Authors Is Dangerous
Self-entitlement is one of those malignant characteristics that would seem to be far from a true Christian.
After all, the very nature of our faith calls for us to live humbly and to serve others.
But there is this human tendency to behave in ways that suggest we are deserving of something, even when we have not truly worked for it.
Surprisingly, I felt myself walking in this very attitude when I first began working on my writing ministry. And here's why.
Many Christians today treat the Lord as if He's a magically genie.
They make "wishes" or prayers, and then expect the manifestation of their prayers to come forth without them ever putting work behind it.
And without realizing it, Christians behave a lot like spoiled children who don't know the first thing about working hard to see the promises of God manifested.
And when those desires aren't realized, the first reaction is to blame God for not fulfilling His promise to give us "the desires of our hearts."
This is essentially the lesson that I learned back in 2015.
As you may already know, I struggled in building my writing ministry.
While I was able to garner a few clients here and there, I failed to set up my business so that I could have ongoing monthly income.
And do you who I blamed for that?
Certainly not myself!
It was easy for me to look at the Lord and say, "Well, why aren't You making this thing prosperous?"
In other words, I was accusing Him of not doing His part.
And that's a very dangerous position to be in, especially when you know that He has called you to do a great work.
I thank the Lord that He is gracious and loving, and that He didn't hold my immature approach against me.
Instead, He directed me to His Word and to other resources that helped me to see how to achieve success...and that not everything fell on His lap.
And this is what many new Christian Authors fall victim to.
Self-entitlement isn't always a matter of you being selfish or narcissistic. You and I may never fit within that part of the definition.
But self-entitlement is this feeling that because you are a Christian and because God has given you an idea for a writing ministry, then you are entitled to this kind of success without doing the work that goes into it.
That's dangerous, and will certainly stifle your productivity.
This may be a hard truth to stomach right now, Christian Author, and I can understand that.
But it doesn't negate the reality.
Most new Christian Authors that I have worked with have displayed this nature in some way or another.
I've had audience members who said that they quit their work because it wasn't taking off.
I've had writers say that if God wanted it to be blessed, then everything would have worked out well.
I've heard many reasons and excuses for people's shortcomings.
But what I have yet to hear is the writer who says, "Yes, God gave me the vision for my writing ministry; but I didn't put any action behind my faith, and that's why my ministry failed."
A writer like that would have given the most accurate assessment as to the demise of the vision.
And when someone is that honest about his shortcomings, then it's easier for God to come through and provide the training he needs to thrive in the work.
This was a realization that I came to back in 2015. And I had a choice to make:
Would I continue making excuses or would I do my part to see this vision come to life?
I chose the latter.
Self-Entitled Christian Authors Are The Least Productive Writers
I want to help you better understand how self-entitlement manifests itself among new authors.
I remember a couple of instances in which a client had mentioned that because she wrote a book and had shared it on social media, then people should have quickly purchased it.
She expressed how frustrated she was because no one was supporting her ministry.
And she began to murmur and complain about Christians not working with other Believers.
As I listened to her, I asked if she had taken the time to nurture her own audience, and if the people that she "marketed" to had known about her and her project beforehand.
Her reply was "No."
I then shared with her that there's a science involved in the process of building a product and selling it to the market.
And if entrepreneurs and writerpreneurs did not follow the rules of the game, then they can't expect to see results.
I could tell from this particular consultation that her thoughts didn't agree with my advisement.
Because she's one of those new, entitled Christian Authors, and since God called her to write that great book, then people should have automatically purchase it while making her rich.
This is a form of self-entitlement, and this is one way that it manifests in Believers.
I don't know why we do this, but we assume that whenever it comes to building a ministry, then we as Believers don't have to do much work.
Everything should happen magically or miraculously, to use a more Christian term.
But God has established order and progress, and He has presented each one of us the opportunity to experience success as long as we are willing to follow His natural laws.
This is something that the world's greatest business persons understand, and why so many of today's wealthiest people are outside the established church.
Jesus addressed this same sentiment when He spoke about the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1-9):
“There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’
“The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg-- 4 I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’
“So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
“‘Nine hundred gallons[a] of olive oil,’ he replied.
“The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred and fifty.’
“Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’
“‘A thousand bushels[b] of wheat,’ he replied.
“He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’
“The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. 9 I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
Shrewd people understand that in order to survive and thrive, they must put forth some work.
They don't rely on what they think they are entitled to, unlike most "people of the light."
They get to work and they make definite plans of actions so that what they desire they obtain.
And that's what all new Christian Authors must understand.
If you know that you've been called to do this great work of launching and running a writing ministry, then you have to put in the work that's required to get results.
No more blaming other Christians for not supporting your ministry.
No more complaining about what you think people should be doing for you simply because God called you.
You have to implement best practices and strategies that help you build relationships with readers so that you get results.
And you have to be willing to humble yourself so that you receive the knowledge and training that you need to take you to the next level.
Get Rid of Self-Entitlement, and You Will Prosper
It's not often that I write about the negative things that affect our ministry.
I try my best to bring words of encouragement so that you are motivated to continue on this journey.
But at times, I need to address certain problems that I see among new Christian Authors, not to make you feel guilty, but to empower you.
Listen, everything that I teach comes from my own experience.
I've made several mistakes along this pathway, and I use my story to connect with you.
So, when I tell you that self-entitlement is a real factor that affects your productivity, I speak from experience.
I want you to know that there is a way to get rid of that mental attitude.
And it starts with humbling yourself.
That means that you cease in believing that God owes you something simply because you want to do His work.
He doesn't owe you anything and neither do fellow Christians.
You're not entitled to massive books sales.
You earn and work for book sales.
You're not entitled to a large platform.
You work to build that platform over time.
With the same care that you give towards being a diligent servant for another person's company, that's what you need to give to the work of ministry.
That's what I needed to learn.
And when I began giving that same diligence and positive attitude to my writing ministry, that's when I started growing.
It all goes back to learning the principles and nature of God's laws.
So, Dear Writerpreneur, I want you to start evaluating your own attitude about your ministry.
Are you expecting something without first giving thought to how you will do your part to make it manifest?
If so, then understand that there are elements of self-entitlement that you must address.
And if you need direct assistance in this area, I want to encourage you to consider working with me as your trainer and coach this year.
Within the Empowered Writerpreneurs Program, I spend considerable time teaching my students about building the mindset for success.
I go into much more details about learning the laws of success as dictated by God.
And I help to get each student prepared to launch their writing ministry within 12 months.
It's a wonderful program, and one that I wish I had back in 2015.
This part of my ministry was inspired by the Holy Spirit, and my students can attest to its impact on their lives.
So, if you wish to learn more about my online school, visit here today.
Other than that, I bless you, Christian Author.
I will be back with another teaching on how to be most productive as a Christian Author.
And as always, let's grow together!
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