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Wondering about my writing ability

February 13, 2006

For the last year I had been writing devotional thoughts for my church newsletter. At the start of this year a new person started as the newsletter editor and indicated that they wanted to use a new format which meant there probably wouldn’t be room for my articles. I was naturally disappointed but the thing that is bothering me is that after three Sundays of the new format only one person in a church of about 100 has mentioned the absence of my article. (This actually vindicates the editor’s decision to leave it out. After all if no one was reading it there wasn’t any point putting it in.)

It leaves me wondering about my writing. Initially I received a lot of positive feed back and I thought my articles were a blessing. But now, in the absence of any feed back, I wondering if what I wrote was too boring, too harsh, too vague, too long, too old-fashioned, too challenging. Just hope I didn’t said anything un-Biblical. Perhaps I should have tried to be more encouraging.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

10 thoughts on “Wondering about my writing ability”

  1. Keep being challenging. Most people don’t like being challenged. But i’ve never met someone who made a significan’t difference by being appeasing all the time

  2. Keep being challenging. Most people don’t like being challenged. But i’ve never met someone who made a significan’t difference by being appeasing all the time

  3. jON

    “converts” is not the measure of a successful ministry. we would consider noah and jeremiah to be a success because they obeyed god and spoke his word. not one person changed as a result of their message.

    and jesus was always shaking disciples off left and right by saying hard things.

    numbers, for numbers’ sake, has never been the point of the kingdom of god.

    keep on speaking the truth.

    bogzunu

  4. jON

    “converts” is not the measure of a successful ministry. we would consider noah and jeremiah to be a success because they obeyed god and spoke his word. not one person changed as a result of their message.

    and jesus was always shaking disciples off left and right by saying hard things.

    numbers, for numbers’ sake, has never been the point of the kingdom of god.

    keep on speaking the truth.

    bogzunu

  5. well my comment is to say that just coz people don’t talk to you about it doesn’t mean they don’t read it … or now miss it. Most people probably just don’t comment on such things, even if they want to. If you want to know the truth, you need to ask.

  6. well my comment is to say that just coz people don’t talk to you about it doesn’t mean they don’t read it … or now miss it. Most people probably just don’t comment on such things, even if they want to. If you want to know the truth, you need to ask.

  7. Yes, you are probably right Kelly, I was probably spoilt at a previous church where I received a lot of unprompted positive feedback.

  8. Yes, you are probably right Kelly, I was probably spoilt at a previous church where I received a lot of unprompted positive feedback.

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