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Topic: Click (04/18/13)
TITLE: Why Do I Write Anyway?
By Melinda Bozak
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The grammar program indicated what needed revised. I revised it. It is grammatically correct now. Good, I can submit it and meet the deadline! I know that I waited to long for the inspiration. I know I rushed it, but I didn't fail to run it through the editing software.
It is not until after submission that I read it again, and find, (to my horror) an unmistakable error. Are you kidding me? – But I ran it through the software! (I guess I will never learn.)
Nothing can replace human eyes or the need for someone else to check our work. These eyes are sometimes referred to as 'fresh eyes'.
I guess I'm not used to being concerned about my little grammatical errors. After all, any writing done in the past was for my own reading. Journaling started out as a discipline to improve my prayer life. It turned into a challenge after hearing a skeptical remark about how few actually commit to it.
I'm glad I was able to stick with it. Sure there have been times of withdrawal from it for awhile, but overall it has been a commitment that has sustained the test of time. As I read through my grammatically error-ridden journals, it is evident how my relationship with God has deepened. I can see how my concern for the salvation of others grew deeper in importance to me.
The pages reveal my heart at the time – the burden the Spirit placed on my heart. As I re-read journals of years past, I can see clearly how God worked out the concern brought before Him. Much of what I find on the pages can help write my stories, but journaling is personal writing.
It is yet another challenge to learn to write for others. To learn to be more critical and discerning with words. Realizing others do not know where my heart is and what my thoughts are. I have to learn to communicate them clearly so that re-reading a sentence is not required to understand my message. The goal is to keep the reader from thinking, “Oh, that's what she meant.” – after re-reading a sentence or paragraph.
Giving up is not an option. God has given each of us a story to tell... or sing... or write. He will give us what we need to do what He wants us to do. He provides the ability to complete, the 'fresh eyes' to critique and improve our skills, and encouraging words to keep us from quitting.
Then it clicked. God wants obedience not perfection.
He can only use my words to bless someone if I am willing to write them.
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