When We Don't Feel Like It.
I'll be honest with you; I didn't want to write this post. Actually, I didn't really feel like writing anything.
This week I've been consumed with applying for freelancing jobs, getting caught up on my blogging challenge, and marketing my book. Needless to say, this hasn't been a 'creative' week for me.
Which is why when I was challenged to write this article, I wasn't exactly anticipating it.
But isn't that the point?
I mean, think about it. If we only wrote when we 'felt like' writing, we probably would never write anything. I certainly wouldn't have written quite a few things.
But the truth is, it's not about us. When we decided to become writers, we took on a responsibility, an obligation to write. We accepted the job. We became writers. And when we write, we are doing it:
1) For the glory of God, and
2) For people. For readers, for those who just might take something away from our words. Who might experience God speaking to them through the words He gave us.
Nowhere in that is it about us. I was thinking about this, and I realized that when we sit there and say that we 'don't feel like writing', we're making it about us. We're putting how we feel above helping others and glorifying God.
And that's not how it should be. We were called to write for a purpose, and often we find ourselves having strayed from that purpose, and using any excuse not to write. But in doing that, we are failing our readers, those who could have read the words that are now left unwritten. We are missing out on something great, on words that could have existed but now don't.
How many minutes and hours and days have we spent ignoring the call to write just because we didn't feel like it, or because we were afraid of how it would turn out?
Writing is more than a career. It is a calling, a way of life, a passion, what we were made for. We are writers, and that is so much more than just our careers or our titles. It means we are willing tools of God Himself, that we are, as Mother Teresa said, “A pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
That's big. That's huge. That is a responsibility beyond all description. To be the pen in God's hand? A pen doesn't decide when it is used – the writer does. So if the writer (God) called the pen (us) to write, we need to be willing.
His word tells us, “Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?” We can't question why we're here, or if we should write. We can't question our abilities or run from them. We're the clay. And He knows what He's doing.
Maybe we're in a slump. Maybe we've just got a case of writer's block. But the only way we will ever truly be able to come back from it is to realize that we are not here for us. We are here for Him, we are here because that's exactly where He wants us, and we're here because He is going to use us to do something great.
But that will never happen if we're running from it. So instead of running, let's face it. Let's stare at that blank page and be the clay. Then we'll watch the potter do miracles.
This is an 'action post', which means not all of the responsibility is on me. No, now it's on you. To every single person who reads this, I am calling on you now to act.
There are two things I'm asking of you:
1. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the blog (there's a pop-up on the home page, and if for some reason it doesn't work, you can send me an E-mail or message me on FB. I want you to be a part of the team. :)
2. I want to see you write. Anything. Whether it's a Facebook comment or a reply to this post, whether it's an email or a guest post, I am asking you to write something. Tell me what you felt. If you have an idea, share it.
If you have an article of your own, send it.
Don't be afraid, and don't run from it anymore. Be brave, because you have God behind you. And you're here to share it with the world. And you can do anything through Christ, who strengthens you.