Why do I write?
Last night at home group, the question was asked of me, “why do I write?” It’s a fair question, one that I don’t know I have ever answered properly as to why I post thoughts and screeds on here, so I thought I’d take a shot at it.
First of all, I do believe that writing is a gift that God has given me. Like any innate talent though, it has to be nurtured, watered, and cared for so that it can blossom fully. Am I the same writer I was five years ago? I hope not. I pray that I’ve matured both in what I write and in the way I use language.
Second, I wanted to improve my writing. I’ve read before that it takes 10,000 hours to truly master a craft. At the beginning of the year I decided that my writing would not improve if I just thought about writing, I had to actually do it. I had to create. For the most part, the posts that I’ve written have been fairly simple, usually written in about an hour total. This will be the 19th post of the year, meaning I’ve put about 19 hours in to the 10,000. I’ll give myself a little bit of credit for what I’ve written over the past few years before, so out of approximately 400 posts averaging the same hour, I’ve only done 419 hours worth of writing. That’s not even 5% of 10,000 hours. I can’t expect myself to improve if I don’t work at it.
Also, I do think that I have something to say. What I write here may not be profound on a national or global level, but it just might be at the local level. I would bet that know almost all of the people who visit my site each day. I write for those people who don’t have the time, the inclination, or the desire to read Ed Stetzer, Thom Rainer, Tim Challies, Mark Dever, Mike Smith, Michael Hyatt, Jeff Goins or Ron Edmondson. Those guys have great things to say, but they don’t speak to everyone. I can take what they say and apply it to my life, my church, my family, my experiences. Then when I write it on here, maybe it speaks to where my readers are.
Do I want my writing to be noticed? Absolutely I do. A writer that doesn’t want anyone to read their craft is a journaler. I’d love to write a book someday (I even have a couple topics already picked out) but I have to practice first. I have to find my own voice and see how it develops. Rather than shooting a book off into the vacuum of space, why not create, define, and shape ideas here where I can interact with people? Yes, it’s a very public way to do things, but why shouldn’t we live out our faith in the public square?
Finally, as a Christian and a discipleship pastor I want to see people reach deeper into God’s Word and begin to interact with it. My desire is to see my readers understand more of God through what I do. I don’t care if I get credit for it or not, just as long as they see Christ in my writing. If they don’t, then it’s a talent wasted.
To sum it all up, I’m a person who desires to write, thus, I am a writer. Writing is what I do, it’s in my blood. My audience isn’t huge, but it is what God has entrusted me with and I intend to do my best. Can you do the same? Find your passion, your God-given talent, and follow it, using it to spread God’s Kingdom.