This post was inspired by On Being a Writer by Ann Kroeker & Charity Singleton Craig and was written for an online discussion group about the book over at Kate Motaung’s place.
Chapter 8: DISCOVER— When I Write, I Find Myself
I want to figure myself out. I want to figure out how my strengths and giftings and passions and spiritual gifts and talents and personality and life experiences all work together. And why.
I believe that each one of us has been created on purpose and for a purpose… and the more we can dig down and figure out who we really are and how we’ve been wired and what makes us tick… and the more we are willing to be honest and raw and really take the time to wrestle through our hurts and our questions and even our doubts about God or His Word or the way He works… the more we will be able to live in freedom and victory and with a passionate purpose.
God fashioned me together in a certain way… and then bestowed on me certain spiritual gifts… and allowed me to go through certain life experiences and to meet certain people and to be in certain places at certain times at a certain point in history.
What does He want to show me? What does He want to show the world through me? What part of Himself can only I reveal to the world? What about me and my story matters for the good of the rest of the planet?
I’m on a journey to find God.
And I’m on a journey to find myself as well. Because the longer I live, the more I am realizing… when I find myself, I find parts of God I never knew existed.
And, for me… writing is one of the main tools God uses to help me along in this journey. As I process through all the sermons I hear, the books I read, the conversations I’m involved in, and the experiences I live through day by day… as I write out my heart and mind regarding it all… I discover Him. And I discover His great love and infinite creativity. And I discover more and more of where He wants me to tread and how He wants me to spend my time and how it all is woven together.
The subtitle of Chapter 8 is “When I write, I find myself.” Yes— that is true.
Thank You, Lord, for speaking to me and teaching me through my own tapping away on a keyboard or through my own pen-to-paper. I love that You talk to me this way. Please continue to lead me and guide me as I seek to discover more and more of You and Your beauty and Your love. There is no getting to the bottom of You, Lord. Thank You for this endless- and endlessly rewarding- journey of finding more and more of You.
What about you?
In what ways does writing offer you an opportunity to discover more of who you are inside?
Please feel free to share your comments or your own journey in the comment section below.