The Reason I Write

The Reason I Write

Several people have asked me recently about my writing. It always causes me to to stop in my tracks. It’s painful to be honest and explain that, “No, I am not working on anything right now.” I haven’t really written anything in about six months. And when I wrote then it was only because I was bothered by the fact that I hadn’t written anything in over six months. So, maybe this is just my obligatory six month blog post. We shall see!

It’s not that I don’t think about writing. I think about it a lot. It’s more that I haven’t been able to figure out why I write. What’s the purpose? Am I seeking attention? Am I boasting or showing off? Do I think that what I have to say is really that important? So, I sit down to write and all I can think is, “Why?” Then I close the laptop and walk away.

I’ve been praying about it and asking God to give me a reason to write. Tonight after dinner I asked my husband to remind me why I write, because I can’t seem to remember.  He reminded me of his favorite movie quote from Chariots of Fire. Someone asked Eric Liddell why he runs. He replied, “I believe that God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, and when I run I feel God’s pleasure.”

That’s it! That’s exactly how I feel. I don’t know why, but when I write, I meet with God. I was made for a purpose, but God also made me a writer, and when I write, I feel His pleasure. That’s the ‘why’ I needed. And so, to those that read this, I think you will be hearing a lot from me this summer.

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