"For who do you know that really knows you, knows your heart? And even if they did, is there anything they would discover in you that you could take credit for? Isn't everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?"
I Corinthians 4:7,8(TM)
Often when I write something that has been used to touch someone's heart, they will say something to me to indicate their gratitude. I try to answer with a simple, "Thank you," but I always want to say more about how most of the things that I write are given to me. If I sit down to write without having the idea already present, absolutely nothing comes. But if I am going along about my daily business, something will occur to me, and then I have to go and transcribe it. It is as if when I try to make it happen, nothing does, but when I wait for the inspiration to come, it does so without any apparent effort on my part. So although the byline underneath the title of what I write has my name, the byline tells only part of the story.
The ability God has given me to write is something precious that I treasure and seek to use in a way that honors God, and each of us should feel the same way about the gift or gifts with which we have been blessed. We are responsible to God for the use or misuse of what we have been given. Not using the gifts we have been given is a serious offense, too. Sometimes I lose the idea I have been given because I wait too long to get to the computer, and sometimes the things I think will be effective, aren't. Often what has touched someone surprises me, so I have learned to trust that I am not responsible for how what I write is received, only to be faithful in doing what I have been asked to do. The byline may be mine, but the glory belongs to God.