What do you do? That’s a popular question to roll off people’s tongues when they are getting to know you. My answer –I’m a stay-at-home/homeschooling mom and housewife. Beyond those things there isn’t much time for anything else, but I do enjoy drawing, acting, scrapbooking, and writing. I haven’t quite adopted the phrase “I’m a writer” yet. Although I suppose I could say that. I can see how the Lord uses me through the things I write. Writing isn’t always easy for me though. I really struggle sometimes. There’s an even deeper struggle than just finding the time to sit down and write. Even when I find the time and the house is quiet and still, I still have battles I have to fight to fully convey what’s on my heart. At times the battle takes its toll on me and I forget why I write.
I love how the Lord reaches into our lives and speaks to us, sometimes through surprising sources. My husband and I were watching a sermon online a few days ago. The church had a Christian comedian as their guest speaker that day. I’m normally not big on watching Christian comedians but I had heard this one on the radio recently and I was interested in what he had to say. With one phrase it was as if the Lord spoke to my heart. The comedian was saying that often we know what we do but when we know why we do it the what has more purpose. I know that I like to write and the Lord uses my writings to touch others. Yet, do I remember why I write? I know the Lord could see I’ve been struggling with writing lately and I think He wants me to take a step back and regain perspective on why I write.
One of the main reasons I write is because the Lord tells me to write something down and post it to my blog. I didn’t even want a blog when this all first started but the Lord told me to start one. I talked with the Lord, giving Him reasons why I didn’t want to. I asked Him the questions we often ask when the Lord tells us to do something we don’t want to do, like why and how is that going to work. When I ask my children to do something I want them to obey right away. Sometimes though they will complain or ask questions trying to get out of it. This only makes me more stern with them. Just as I would continue to tell my children to do the task I’ve asked them to, the Lord continued to tell me to start a blog. Finally I trusted He knew what He was doing and obeyed. It’s the same with each post He gives me. I write because He tells me to and until I complete and post that writing, the Lord will gently but consistently remind me to finish. So my first reason is to obey.
Secondly I want to encourage those who need encouragement in that area. The Lord has encouraged me through something someone has posted many times. If I can encourage even just one person with that post I’m happy to write it. If I can encourage someone to walk closer with the Lord, even better!
Often times posting on my blog can be very difficult for me. What I’m writing about can expose deeper parts of me I didn’t plan on exposing. Yet the Lord helps me work through it as I write. I know once things are on the internet anyone has access to it. I don’t know who reads what I write. It could be a friend or a foe. Yet I trust that the Lord will work everything I write to give Him glory. I trust He’ll bring good from all things.
I write to tell others of the victory that is theirs through Jesus Christ. I may not know who you are or where you are, but I do know that God loves you and sent His Son to die for you. God is for you and wants you to live a victorious life. The victorious life is now, not just after you enter the pearly gates. Jesus did not shed His blood just for life after death. He shed it for your victory in the here and now! Victory is yours in Christ Jesus! (I Cor. 15:57, II Cor. 2:14)
I write to let others know they are not alone in the challenges they face in life. One of the biggest lies of the enemy is to get you to believe you are alone in what you’re facing and that if you tell anyone they’ll think you’re weird. That no one will understand and they’ll look down on you because you have this struggle. That is not the truth! Truth is, when you discover you aren’t alone and your struggle really isn’t that uncommon, you may find peace from talking to others. That thing that the enemy is holding against you can be brought out of the darkness. In the light it holds little power over you. Our adversary does not want you to be free or have peace, which is why he continues to speak lies to you.
I write because I want to share what I’ve been through and lessons I’ve learned so others can grow. It may give you an idea you haven’t though of or help you with something. I want to help others. I want to bring others to the truth of Jesus Christ. I want to see others live a life of victory in Jesus. I want to encourage others in their walk with the Lord and help them walk even closer to Him. I want to see people set free from chains that bind them. Give them truth to the lies held against them. Set them free to walk with hope and purpose that only comes from a life walking in the light of Christ. I want others to see how the power of God’s love can change a person. That His love is real. I want them to want to go deeper with God and seek to experience the chain breaking, wall shattering, life transforming power of God’s love.
More important than knowing why I write is knowing who I write for. I know the who that I write for. I know that it is not me who writes, comes up with ideas, verses or titles. The Lord is using me as an instrument to shine His light to this world. As the body of Christ, we all have a part to play. Some sing to bring glory to God. Others preach or teach, some go on missions trips. I write. This is all for God’s glory.
Maybe you also need to refocus on why you do what you do. To quote Micheal Jr., the comedian, “When you know your why, your what has more purpose.”
Praise be to the LORD my rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.