Writing should be an outlet, not a struggle, a chore, or a burden. It should just flow out of the inner thoughts, ideas, creativity, or opinions of the writer.
Not if we build it up in our minds so that it becomes a bigger and bigger entity, taking on weight and power, until it seems an overwhelming, fear-inducing obstacle that we must some how surmount.
The result of that kind of thinking is procrastination.
There is always something else that is more urgent, more vital, or just more fun, than writing the little, insignificant blog that probably no one will read any way.
But I want to write….don’t I?
I need to express myself, share my thoughts, experiences, or whatever with whoever cares to read my words. And maybe someone out there is just waiting for that shared experience, or wisdom, or hope, and will be encouraged by it.
I think that’s really what’s at the heart of my desire to write a blog: the hope of even one person being encouraged or smiling because of what I’ve written.
So I press on.
My “to do” list contains an added item: write new blog post. And the rest of the ‘urgent’ things filling up my life and taking up my time can wait an hour or two (or three) while I write, delete, rewrite, edit, until I’m satisfied that the new entry says what I want it to say, flows in a satisfactory rhythm, and reflects a little of who I am.
The need to encourage others, and express self…those things could be part of who God has made me to be. Two things that give me life, refresh my soul, and allow me to give (in however small a way) to someone else.
It’s been said that to know who God has made you to be, or the gifts He has given you, just try to imagine not doing it. If it feels as though a piece of yourself is being ripped away, then you are probably meant to do that thing. [I should add a disclaimer here: It must be legal, morally right, and beneficial to society.]
This wasn’t actually meant to be a post about writing….but while I’m still on the subject, I would like to remind you that writing is very therapeutic. It allows us to express our feelings, some of which we may not be aware of until they come out of us onto paper or a computer screen. It aids in self-discovery, as evidenced in this post, as well as decision-making. It allows the expression of creativity, and the exploration of ideas.
Now that I’ve convinced myself of why I should keep writing, I’ll bring this to a conclusion.
Next time, I’ll try to get to the topic I had intended for today: God’s grace.