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Friday, June 17, 2011

Why Do I Write?

A friend's blog post got me thinking today (thank you Teagan!).  I started out this whole blogging thing in order to give myself more encouragement to read my Bible daily.  And you know what?  I've read my Bible almost every day for the past two weeks (I just leave it sitting open on the couch, and it's the first thing I do after Hubby leaves for work, usually before breakfast dishes!).  I HAVEN'T blogged every day the last two weeks.  What that means is, I'm finally getting into the Bible-reading habit, and blogging isn't necessarily the reason for it!  Thank you Jesus!!

Now, that doesn't mean I can get cocky; this habit is something I'll have to cultivate till it becomes so natural that not doing it would feel weird, like going to bed every night.  However, I also want to keep up the habit of blogging.  I want to keep writing.  I want to get good at writing, and I do want to be noticed, because I'd really like to be a professional writer someday.

But I need to remind myself, every so often, that one of the main reasons I write is for me.  It's to give me an outlet for thoughts and opinions, a way to document my life, and practice writing.

The other main reason I write is to use the talents God has given me for his glory.  I want my blog posts to reflect His goodness in my life, and for my thoughts-in-words to give testimony to the faith that He has given me.  Paul wrote to the Colossians, "Whatever you do, whether in WORD or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17, emphasis mine).  I want my whole life, including what I write, to be in the name of Jesus and to give glory to the Father.

That's why I write.

1 comment:

  1. Good stuff, Jaimie. And writers, artists, creators, we'll always be going through cycles. More here, less there, depending on what else is fluctuating. So don't be hard on yourself when there's a break. :)

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