Theoretically, I write because I have something worthwhile to say. Or at least I publish for that reason. I can write just for the sheer delight of piecing words together to mean something. But part of the joy in writing, for me, is to share it.
Of course, in order to write something worthwhile, you should probably know what you’re talking about, right?
And of late, I have discovered just exactly how much I don’t know. Part of growing is discovering how much you have yet to grow.
I look at myself and wonder what business I have writing anything to try to help others. Sweet stars, I can’t even help myself half the time. There is so much I have yet to figure out.
And then I hear a pastor in his sixties say, “I hate to break it to you, but I still don’t have it figured out!” So encouraging. 😉
I don’t have the training of a pastor. Just a very busy brain, a deep respect for God’s Word, and a passion for written communication.
All these thoughts bubble up within me, and I want to write them and share them here. But I don’t.
It’s not about the number of people who read. It’s about whether it makes a difference. And more to the point, what kind of difference it makes. What if I write something here that is patently wrong?
I’ve written some pretty strong stuff here in the past. I find myself much less confident of the accuracy of my perceptions these days.
Yet that word “perceptions” is key. When I write my thoughts here, I am sharing my perceptions. My point of view. Yes, I endeavor to align my perceptions with the Bible. I seek to match them with reality.
But the fact is, I’m sharing things as I see them, in the hopes that my perception will be a blessing to someone else. Either because it’s relatable or because it’s something new. But it’s not like I’m writing the Bible. Anyone who reads what I write can take it or leave it, weigh it against the Word and see how it holds up.
I am responsible to do my best, and it’s up to my reader to discern the Truth in what I write—or if Truth is lacking.
And when it comes down to it, I write because that’s what God has given me to do. I’m so afraid it sounds pompous to say that: “God called me to do this.”
But it’s just a job I’ve been given to do. Happens to be a fun job many times. Fun or not, it’s always fulfilling. Nothing like doing what you’re supposed to do for giving you that feeling of purpose.
So I shall endeavor to continue sharing the things that come into my life and grow me, encourage me, and change my perspective.
My goal is to encourage, uplift, and challenge my fellow creatures. To hopefully be an outlet for the Light.
To everyone who reads: thank you for valuing my words, at least enough to give them a try. I appreciate it so much. I hope you find something that blesses you.
And while we’re talking about what we’re supposed to be doing: Do have something you’ve been given to do that you find (or have found) difficult to embrace? Feel free to share in the comments if you feel comfortable, or click on the “Connect” tab and shoot me an email if you want to chat.