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Write to Serve

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

There is something about writing — it can feel selfish.

Writing is solitary act that takes time.

There are people that depend on me to survive (no,seriously), to be educated, to be involved, keep our home functioning, and honor commitments. There are those who need and want my attention. The list of “to do’s” seems unending.

In the midst of pressing needs, should I make time to write? And, if I do, what’s the point?

I’m not the only writer to ask those questions.

The ability to write is a gift from God and He doesn’t equip without purpose. Presents aren’t meant to be wasted, but enjoyed and shared. Writers should relish their ability.

Writing helps me focus. It is part of my process of working through circumstances or challenges. Writing is a way in which I preach truth to myself. It helps me make sense of what seems senseless. God uses writing time to minister to my soul.

As a child of God, we are being transformed into His image. Our eyes are learning to shift outward. Instead of being motivated by the sole purpose of what writing does for me, a deeper joy is found when it is used for the benefit of others.

When writing from a genuine and humbled heart, others can see that they are not alone. I can share what God is teaching me and give reason for the hope that is within. Jesus can be presented through the beautiful and gritty.

We can write with purpose and confidence of time well spent when we understand that the act isn’t solely for us.

Writing isn’t selfish. Writing is service.

Let God lead, teach, and comfort as you write. Savor that gift each time you capture words.

Write for others. Serve them words that give hope, life, and truth saturated in love.

Above all, write for the One who gave the gift.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter 4:10

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