Why do I write?
I’ve been thinking about this lately because I’m about to enter a season of transition as we
welcome baby #4 to our family and have been wondering if I truly have time for writing.
In short, the answer is yes.
Why? Because writing is a tool God is using to help shape and fashion me into His likeness.
- Writing helps me to process swirling thoughts. Thoughts that I often don’t take time to
sort out otherwise. Sometimes, God has been nudging me in multiple different ways with
one truth that I need to take the time to process and until I actually write it down, it’s just
up in my thoughts where I’m saying “Yeah, yeah. That’s a good truth. I’ll get around to
addressing that at some point in my life.”
- Writing stretches me. Sometimes when I think about writing a post on a certain topic it’s
an area I’m really struggling in. I think of how unqualified I am to write about that topic
when I’ve been failing to apply the truths I am also presenting. However, oftentimes God
has reminded me that He doesn’t need me to be perfect in order to use me and that the
very act of writing out truth can be a tool He uses to refresh and cement my own straying
- Writing is a hobby for me. I find it relaxing and inspiring to gather words into sentences
and paragraphs in order to express thoughts or passions.
- Writing can encourage others. In small ways and big ways, the writing of others has
helped to shape and fashion who I am today. Whether it’s a deep, theological book or a
quick blog post on a day when I need some encouragement, both can have a profound
impact on the next choice(s) I make. And while most people will never know the impact
their writing has had on me, it’s reach is often further than they realize.
So, while it may be foggy, imperfect and sparser than I’d like in the days ahead, I plan to keep on writing. And I hope God continues to shape both me and others through the gift of words.