Two years ago I took an online collective called 40 Days of Blogging. It was led by the brilliant Jamie Bagley, who just happens to be my daughter. Since we were asked to think about why we write, I pondered that question for a while. What I wrote then is still true today.
Why DO I Write?
It seems like writing has been a part of my life ever since my mom taught me to draw the letters of the alphabet with a pencil. Later I wrote stories and even enjoyed taking notes in school. Essay questions on tests were my favorite, because I could always think of something to say.
I loved to write.
As time went on, a busy life of raising children made me forget about my love of writing for a time. When my oldest child began eighth grade we started homeschooling, and I began keeping a journal. At first I just recorded what we studied. But later these journal entries became more person. When my pen hit the paper each night I began to write as if I were composing a letter to someone.
And, maybe I really was.
When I took out my journal each night I wrote as if I were writing a letter to someone.
In the back of my mind, I thought about my children finding these after I am gone. They would hold a record of happenings in our lives from my perspective. It didn’t cross my mind that I might actually write something that people outside my family would read.
It didn’t cross my mind that I might actually write something that people outside my family would read.
Finding My Voice
I have found my voice in part through online writing communities. They showed me that each one of us has a story to tell. It may look different from yours, but my story – our stories – are all very important. Someone, somewhere needs to hear our words. As we share them we have more opportunities to bless and be blessed.
Our stories are different, but they are all important.
With the challenge of the 40 Days of Poetry that began in December, 2013, I remembered how much I loved writing poetry. It was encouraging to me when other people read and liked my poems. I began to find inspiration almost everywhere around me. Nowadays hardly a week goes by that I don’t write at least one and sometimes several verses of poetry.
Why Do I Write and Why Do I Keep Writing?
Besides the fact that it brings me a lot of enjoyment as I have expanded and developed my creative writing skills, I also write to encourage others.
My heart is full of gratitude for all that God has given me and I believe He has put the desire in me to write.
While I enjoy writing, I still have doubts about whether my words make a difference. But God has a way of giving encouragement at just the right time to remind me that they do matter.
Someone I had not heard from in years messaged me that one of my blog posts really spoke to him. He said God had used it to bring peace and mercy back into his life. It took me aback but also gave confirmation. I am doing what God is calling me to do.
Getting this confirmation and realizing that God does use my words to help others makes it all worthwhile. It thrills and humbles me to think that I can be used in this way.
I not only need to be faithful in my calling as a woman, but also as a writer.
Writing is a way I can glorify God and hopefully point others to Him in the process.
What about you? Have you ever thought about why you do what you do?
I’d love to hear your stories. Please share in the comment section.