Nigeria Lockley

A new voice in the world of Christian Fiction

Failure. Not An Option.

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Last week while aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook news feed I stumbled upon a post about how much published writers make. Based on the data, according to the Digital Book World 2014 Survey the financial forecast for me is bleak. However, as I type this post right now everything in me is echoing, “Not so.” You see for me there is something that I cannot and will not accept. Failure. Not an option. Whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that because you do not earn a certain amount of money from your writing you are a failure, but my goal is not to be broke and the God I serve is rich in houses in land. He delights in blessing His children.  Why should I accept earning less than what He is capable of providing? 

The first thing I want to use my writing for is to glorify God that is not equivalent to earning $1000 per year. The word clearly tells me (and you) that our gifts will make room for us in this world. So, don’t shake your author earningshead at this post and say, “That girl has gone completely mad, she ain’t making a dime.” I believe God. I believe He made the patriarchs rich and I believe He is the same yesterday and forever. Therefore, failure. Say it with me, “Not an Option.”

I don’t know what the forecast for success for you is in your field of industry, but I am sure the odds are stacked against you or there is someone always telling you what you cannot do. They’re wrong. When I set out to get my book published someone said to me, “I don’t know why you’re doing this. You’re not going to make.” I was crushed and at the same time invigorated. Those words hurt, but the Lord filled me with something sweet and I’m going to share it with you today. The Lord inspired me to respond to that person’s unbelief by saying, “Even if you don’t believe in me don’t you believe in my God?” I dare you to say that your naysayers and the dream-killers in your life who always have data and facts to share. The fact is God is greater than statistics. The fact is prosperity is a part of his plan for us. The fact is with God all things are possible, including me earning more than what that survey says. 

4 thoughts on “Failure. Not An Option.

  1. Amen and amen, Nigeria! I saw that chart, too, and thought, “It’s a good thing they didn’t show that chart to God because He would have laughed!” Write for Him. He will draw men to your work and cause men to give unto your bosom.

  2. I love this post!
    I applaud you for standing on what you believe and living out the God-given dreams of your heart. You’re talented already and there’s talent out there, but there’s something out there for you socially, creatively, and professionally that’s going to come to you because God has it for you.
    I’m glad that you know His promises and you know your worth.

    • Thank you! In a world of no I have to remember and declare that God will withhold no good thing from me. I’m glad to have someone like you to confirm His promises and encourage me to seek after them.

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