"Do you play an instrument?"
"Do you like art?"
"Can you sing?"
Do you play a sport?"
No, not really.
"So then, are you a good student at school or something?"
No, not really either.
For a long time I was discouraged and frustrated that I didn't have any appearant talents like my friends did. I couldn't really think of anything I was good at. Nothing. My sister played piano, was an excellent artist, and knew pretty much everything about horses. I didn't really know anything about anything. That made me very mad, at myself more than at God. I would ask God several times to please show me what talents I had. All of my anger and frustration went down into my journal. I would always write out my feelings rather than show them... sometimes I still do. I would write prayer after prayer on the pages of my journals, asking God what I was meant to do in life. I saw my friends and sister flourishing in different areas of life, and pretty soon I gave up and tried accepting the fact that I was a worthless piece of nothingness, even though I knew in my heart that that was not true, that God saw me differently.
"You know, that was a really good poem you wrote! Very good. You should keep on writing."
It was the Mother's Day event at our church and I had been asked to write a poem for the mothers and read it out loud in front of everybody. I enjoyed writing poems and in my journal, I never stopped. I had picked up a love for writing when I was about 10 years old, and I had written in seven journals in two years. Then it dawned on me. I wrote in every page of those seven journals, I did, not my friends or anybody else!
Pretty soon, I got more journals that filled up with mission field experiences, funny ocassions, lessons learned, times when I've been spoken to by God, and simly things of my every day life. I kept on writing because I loved it. Then one year I decided to go all out for the Lord: I had my first book published when I was 13. It was written for missionary kids like myself.
In my freshman year I began writing another book, a novel, and a seperate book is also in the making. I had discovered my God-given abilities and I decided to be bold enough to use them.
Writing, a form of mass communication, is one of the most powerful arts in the world dating way back to before the times of Joseph in Genesis. I never really got good grades in English at school, I still dont. I dont know a thing about writing, except that I love it. One of the best ways to communicate the Good News of God's salvation is through writing. Writing.
What if this writing generation was bold and courageous enough to stand up for their faith in everything they wrote to impact their family, their friends, their churches, their communities, their towns, their cities, their states, their countries, the world?
Through writing, God communicated His plan of salvation and His love to mankind. Through writing, Augustine, John Bunyan, Charles Spurgeon, and Billy Graham impacted he whole world for Jesus. People read the news, books, magazines, advertisements, articles, stories, signs, and the internet everyday... writing is very big today indeed. Let's use every opportunity God gives us to minister to lost souls through whatever talents and gifts He has given us.
If you know what gifts you have, use them. If you still dont know, keep doing what you love and seek God in every aspect of your life. He will show you what His plan and purpose is for you in the right time, I know He will.
I am a writer because I want to honor God with my abilities.
M.H.Cathey, I so enjoyed reading your story about how you discovered what you are good at! It is so true to life: we sometimes don't recognise our own talent. Writing from what you know, from your own experience, always comes across best - and that is evident in this article. Keren H. (South Africa)