I have a love-hate relationship with writing. I love it because I love words. I love searching for just the right word at just the right time, and being able to construct a beautiful sentence. I’m not always great at doing this, and I fail more times than not, but I enjoy trying. On that rare occasion that I get it right, it’s pure magic. I love being able to impact people with the words that I write. It is an amazing thing to be able to help people discover, or perhaps just think about things in a new way. Writing is one of my passions.
I hate writing because writing is hard work. I hate the way in which it can consume your mind, even when you aren’t writing. Sitting down to write takes effort. Finding a block of time is not always easy, especially when you have a real job and a large family. Writing is terrifying. You are often bearing your soul to the world. Writers by nature are often very sensitive, and I am no different. When someone hates what I write, it often crushes me. Recently I had someone refund one of my books, for reasons I’m not sure of… But, for over an hour it was all I could think about. (I feel ridiculous for admitting this)
Because I hate writing, I will often go through seasons in which I hardly write at all. Because I love writing, I always come back to it. Recently I’ve decided to become more serious about my writing. So, the question is…Why?
Do I think I’m a great writer? No. I think I’m a decent writer, but by no means am I a great writer. Do I think what I have to say is more important than what other people have to say? Absolutely not, but I do think I have important things to say, and I’m willing to say them. In a world in which many people are afraid to voice their opinions about anything of substance, this is not a small thing. Not only this, God has given me a love for writing, and at least in some measure a gift for it. This being true, I should use whatever gift God has given me in order to serve him and his church. As I view my writing in this way, my writing becomes a form of worship. This is a beautiful thought to me.
So here is my exhortation to all of us. If you have a passion for something, do it. Don’t be afraid to take that step. If God has given you a gift, don’t keep it to yourself. You don’t have to be great at it, you simply need to be willing to share. You don’t have to be a best selling author, or a gifted orator in order to be used of God. You simply need to offer whatever talents you have as a sacrifice to the Lord, and trust him to bless it. Use your gifts, whatever they may be to bless the church.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31