Why I Write (And Why You Should Do Your Thing, Too)

William Shakespeare's First Folio 1623I have to admit that often when I sit down to write, I am confronted with one question: “why am I doing this?” Practice in my field? Maybe. A healthy outlet for my thoughts? That’s part of it. But most honestly, I want to add something of value to my reader’s lives. This is my goal and why I write: I want to add something of value to this world.

Why You Should Do Your Thing

Part of the human experience is creativity. We’re tool-users. We’re the singers of songs. We’re the makers of art. We climb mountains because they’re there. We dive in oceans because we can. We’re creative. We’re curious. We’re a bit of a mess (OK. We’re more than a bit).

The Bible shows us how to direct our creativity in the right direction. Paul told the Philippians to think on what is true, noble, right, lovely, admirable, and excellent (Phil 4:8). He also reminded the Colossians that whatever they were doing –in word or deed– to do it all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Jesus (Col. 3:17).

Apart from sin, the Bible encourages us to do what we do as to the glory and fame of Jesus. If God has made you a singer, sing. If God has made you a painter, paint. If God has made you a tinkerer, tinker. Tie flies, make duck calls, carve furniture, till the ground, shepherd animals, explore the wild, tell stories, but do it all for the glory and honor of God.

God has made us all to worship him, and part of that worship is to fill the earth with the creativity he built into us. For Christians, we are quickened in a way that our creativity can break free of sin and bring God glory. So, whatever your thing is, you should do it to delight God.

This Is Why I Write

I write because I want to add quality thought and literature to the world. I’m still learning. 32 is quite young yet. Maybe one day someone will look back and be kind.

Yet, I write because I’m inspired; I write because I’m discontent. It’s been such a long time since a story so utterly captivated my mind with noble things — that’s what I want to write.

Where can you fill the world with beauty?

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