I’ve been musing about writing. If you’re a follower of this blog, you know musing is all I’ve been doing. I certainly haven’t been writing (at least not here). I’ve been musing, “to write or not to write, that is the question”. Or, “I write, therefore, I am,” and other such musings. (Think “navel gazing” here.)
I have four major struggles with writing.
- It’s hard work.
- It’s time consuming.
- I’m not sure my writing is all that helpful to others and in fact may be wasting their time.
- What can I possibly write about Jesus Christ that hasn’t already been written better by others and is available to read?
These struggles do not motivate me. They only discourage. I must find other motivation to write.
When I was eight years old I decided to become a doctor. Dad was a surgeon’s assistant at the time and I grew up around hospitals. I saw being a doctor as a way of helping others, making a difference. I focused on that goal until my junior year of high school. My relationship with Jesus Christ was drawing me to help others in a different way.
I announced my call to ministry as a sixteen year old high school junior. I accepted the pastorate of my first church before I finished seminary and have served in various forms of Christian service for the past 44 years.
I remember more than once getting on an elevator in the hospital in my twenties and thirties and being asked, “Are you a doctor?” To which I would answer, “Sort of…”
When I tested at TCU as a senior in high school, they suggested I enter the field engineering. I wonder. Could I have served God just as well as an engineer?
Those are the kinds of questions you ask when you’re musing.
Here’s the deal. I need to write. I need to write even if no one is reading. I need to write because it helps me. Putting the muse on paper (Did I just type that!?) Putting the muse in a digital document helps me work out the kinks. When I’m not writing, I’m not thinking very well. I need to write!
So I will write. I will write about Jesus and what He is teaching me in our relationship. I will write about Jesus and what He is teaching me through others. I will write about Jesus and what He is up to in the world around me. I will write. It will help me.
I welcome you to my thoughts. I look forward to yours.
I’ll be working on another project for the next week. So, I won’t be writing here. When I return, I’ll have an announcement that involves you. I’ll “see” you then!