From the time I was a little girl, I've always had a niche for writing. Being raised in a single parent home, I think I craved far away lands where writing took me to happier places. Somewhere safe where I didn't have to wrestle with real life problems, such as being lonely, being rejected by my dad, or watching my mom struggling to make ends meet on a meager income.
"Make believe" was fun! The creative possibilities were endless. Bubbling up inside of me were fascinating imaginary stories. I'll never forget the hysterical scenario that I wrote with childlike wonder. The adorable pig who fell in love at first sight with a beautiful ladybug when they met in a barnyard. Every now and then, my family still reminds me of this comedy, which has received quite a few laughs.
It's amazing to see how far our love for writing takes us. It may start out as a hobby, but along the way it becomes the essence of our being. It's who we are. We simply can not stop writing. The words appear in the back of our mind and before we know it the sentences flow. So we journal. We blog. We feel led to express ourselves through the written word. And there is joy that somehow makes us feel complete.
When I consider how I got from here to there, from being a curious child with a wild imagination to a grown adult questioning my dream to become a published author, I see God's hand print upon each chapter in my life. The most astonishing of all is that He took my hard rock moments of suffering fibromyalgia, nightmare withdrawals from prescriptions that spiraled my health out of control, a rocky marriage, and raising three ADDer children struggling with learning disabilities to become a memoir.
Not just any memoir, but my true story. To transparently expose myself in the gut-wrenching darkness of walking in faith when I barely clung to faith. To share the real, raw emotions of humanity. A tightrope of placing one foot in front of the other when the tears made it blurry to see what's ahead.
In the midst of paralyzing fear, to not doubt God's purpose. When your hopeless and frustrated, to know you truly do have a brilliant story waiting to be told. Even if and when the naysayers tell you otherwise, you bravely put pen to paper because within your spirit you sense Jesus calling you to such a time as this.
In gratitude, I am thankful for this unique calling to write. Humbly, I look back on this very day eight years ago when I earned my first paycheck for freelance writing. It was exhilarating to not only get four articles published, but to do what I felt God called me to do! Today, I reflect on my writing journey where I grew my craft, became a published author of three nonfiction books, and seriously watched the Lord move in such a mighty way.
When God does call you to write, there is abundant growth. You learn more about yourself; your weaknesses and your strengths. Teachable moments of discovering that God is exactly who He says He is. Most importantly of all, if and when He calls you to write, to take it serious. Also, to realize that if you only write with the motive to gain wealth, you are not writing for what matters most.
We write to share our life stories. We write to entertain and bring joy. We write to transform people from the inside out. We write to inspire. We write to produce courage. We write to give hope to the hopeless. We write to grow faith. We write to increase the quality of people's lives. We write to touch others in such a positive way that even with the miles between us, we brilliantly connect. Whether we change one person for the better or we dramatically change thousands, we impact our world for the good.
When we are called to write we may alter our perspective of what success truly means. Oftentimes, we can get caught up by viewing success the world's way. We want to be recognized, respected, and compensated for our hard work. Yet in real life, being successful the world's way is not the same as being successful God's way. They are complete opposites. So we write to minister to others. We write for more meaningful reasons beyond worldly riches and wealth.
As I consider the pathway that I chose eight years ago to become a full-time writer, I have no doubt in my mind that my Heavenly Father placed me there for a powerful purpose. What I've learned in my faith walk is that following God's plan and purpose for you is what ignites your soul, lights your fire, and is greatly rewarding. With or without the royalty. With or without the recognition. With or without fame. With or without a large following of fans cheering you on.
Deep in your soul something magical stirs within you. When you dig down deep in your heart of hearts you know who placed you on this exact road. You trust He is the One who will complete the good work He began in you. For aspiring writers or authors questioning their purpose, please do not give up on yourself and most certainly do not give up on God!
You, my friend, are called to write. You have something special to share with our world. It is valuable and worthy beyond earthly measure. Courageously go out there and do what you know you are called to do. Write where it hurts. Write where it heals. Write where there is love. Write to make peace. Write to motivate. Write to expose the quirky, humorous side of yourself that will have others giggling out loud. Write to share a piece of your soul with our world.