Why I Write

Why am I writing this? That’s a thought that pops into my mind occasionally. It’s not because I have all this extra time I don’t know what to do with; I don’t wake up from my afternoon nap and meander to the keyboard for fun. As a pastor, my to-do list outstretches any hope of completion every day. So why add something else to it — something else I don’t have to do?

I answered this question, in part, on my very first post on this blog over four years ago. In a lot of ways, the answer hasn’t changed.

First of all, I enjoy writing. I like putting words together. Fortunately, my job as a pastor gives me lots of opportunities to do this, as I’m often writing sermons, devotions, newsletter articles, and whatever else shows up. My job requires a lot in the area of communication. Writing is a simple act of communicating. So I want to get better at it. I want to practice it in a setting that isn’t dictated by the situation, by what I have to do to complete the task at hand. I enjoy the opportunity to write and let the words flow.

Side note: I have a memory of the time when writing came the easiest it ever has for me. It was in college. I was taking a lot of Spanish classes, including one in Spanish composition. It wasn’t easy to be assigned writing tasks in a language I was learning. Every sentence, every paragraph, was effort. It never came easy. 

But then, that same semester, I occasionally had to write a paper in English. It was so simple! The words just poured out of my fingers. I filled pages effortlessly; all I had to do was think it and it was there. 

I guess what I’m saying is that I keep writing now to recapture some of that feeling. I keep writing so that all my writing and communication will be better and more fluid.

So I’m not trying to write on hot topics, or something I think will get me shares on Facebook. I’m writing for myself. I’m stretching and working the writing-muscle, eager to watch my strength increase as I go. I hope it’s working!

Oh, and by the way, if your question is Why am I reading this? Sorry. I can’t help you there.

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Talents are things meant to be used. They’re meant to be cultivated so they can grow and flourish. They are not meant to be buried to die of disuse. They are not meant to atrophy away to nothing.

Jesus’ parable of the talents says that we are to use our gifts for his kingdom. But I don’t feel that I’ve been using mine in the best way.

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