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Topic: Writing (01/11/07)
TITLE: The reason I write
By Libby East
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In Sunday school we were studying about God’s purpose for our lives. The curriculum that we were studying asked what our hobbies were, what we enjoyed doing. In my head I answered “writing”. I was too embarrassed to say that out loud. The curriculum said that whatever your hobbies and interests were that was probably what God wanted you to do. “No way.” I thought. “God doesn’t want me to write.” A long time later I was reading a devotional about God’s purpose for me. It said basically the same thing. Only this time, when I said “No way”, God said “Way”.
“But God, I can’t write.” I argued.
“Why not?” He asked.
“I’ve had writer’s block for years. I don’t have anything to write about.”
“Yes you do. You have characters stored in your mind. All you have to do is get a pen and some paper and I’ll give you what to write.” God urged me to try it. So, I got some paper and a pen and within an hour I had the first chapter of a book. What I learned from that experience is two things. First, I subconsciously keep a running bank of characters in my head. Whenever I meet someone or see someone in public that I think is interesting, I put them in my bank of characters to pull out later. At the time I had two young girls that I had met at church to base my characters on. Second, my writing has to come from my relationship with God. When I have lapses of time that I don’t seek God my writing suffers. I can’t come up with anything. God has given me a clear vision of what He wants my writing to be and I have to stay close to Him in order to let Him accomplish it through me.
Since that day I have resolved to write daily. I am so excited to see what God is going to do with my writing. I am not ashamed of it anymore. I know that my love for writing is just a part of who I am. It’s part of who God created me to be and it makes me special. It is a gift that God has given me to be used in many ways for Him.
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