Christmas Eve and the Writing Profession

Posted on December 24, 2010


It’s Christmas Eve here in the U.S., and many are still writing to make money. If you are a freelance writer, you probably are kicking out the last article or two before Christmas, so you can spend tomorrow with your family.

I am no different.

As I write this post, though, I can’t help but think about what the season means and what it brings to many.

Christmas is a time of celebration — a time where Christians celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. Although, there is a lot of debate around the exact timing of his birth and other particulars surrounding this Advent, the season is also a time for hope.

Hope. That is what surrounded the birth of Jesus. Hope for a new beginning, for a new life, for a new leader.

His birth was announced in the Old Testament, long before he  arrived on this earth, so Christendom anticipated his coming for centuries. When he finally did arrive, there was great expectation and hope.

That is what I wish for all of you this season, that you would have great expectation and hope for your lives. That you would know that you were created for something great, that you were not a mistake or an after-thought. You were intentionally created to fulfill a specific purpose (and purposes) in life.

Most of you reading this are writers or aspiring writers. Don’t give up hope that you will write for Redbook, McCall’s or GQ. Keep believing that you can become an academic writer if that is your goal. Continue to believe that your book will be on the New York Times Best-Seller list.

This is a season of hope. Let it propel you into a place where you have a sure vision for what you want to do in the future and firm goals on how to get there!