If you have committed to being a contributor for Vertical, thank you! You are a significant part in helping people connect to God by helping them connect to His Word. That’s no small thing. Because this task is so important to us, we’d like you to consider a few things as you prepare to write your devotional:
- Be yourself. The main goal of your devotional is to help others see how you are applying the passage (or a portion of the passage) to your life. Don’t try to be a Bible expert or know-it-all, just be yourself. Be honest. Be transparent. Be real.
- Be prepared. Start thinking about your passage as soon as you can. Read it over several times before you write your devotional and reflect on it for a week or two. Once you’ve thought through the passage, you’ll be amazed how many opportunities you get to live it out throughout your week and how much you’ll have to write about.
- Be brief. We want people to be able to read your devotional and still have time to read the passage. If at all possible, limit yourself to three paragraphs or about 300 words. As you write, consider:
- If you use a personal story, remember that the best stories are stories that both you and the people who will read your devotional can relate to.
- Help people reflect on the passage. What was the main thing God (through the human author) wanted readers to understand? Give us the big idea of the verse(s) you are tackling.
- Leave us with a challenge. If I wanted to take your passage and live it out in my life today, what might that look like? What one thing should I do? And how would I go about doing it?
- Be sure. If you need an example or have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at the church office: (972) 783-8800. We’re here to help!
- Be safe. Save a copy of your devotional in a safe place before you submit it. Computers do wacky things sometimes and we don’t want to lose your hard work.
Thanks again for contributing to Vertical. May your time in God’s Word be a blessing to you and others in the Body of Christ!