What is your motivation for writing? Do you write to be heard or do you write because the message just has to be expressed?
I can honestly say that I am unsure as to what my own motivation for writing is… Yes, I’d like a full-time ministry as an Evangelist one day, I’d like a platform to speak from but I recognise that the timing of God is perfect and I do not wish to move prematurely into anything.
I write to express thoughts, inspirations, joys and trials in the hope that some may be blessed and encouraged by my frankness.
On the other hand, it is flattering to see new people following me on Twitter each week… I can honestly say though that I hope that ultimately my motivation is not one of self-promotion but one of selfless declaration of God’s mercy outworked in the everyday observations of my life!
I am truly saddened by the sheer number of bloggers who dedicate it seems much of their time encouraging other bloggers to do it this way, to follow that formula rather than doing what they set out to do which is to give voice to their thoughts and observations!
I am not a professional blogger, I just write when I can about what challenges and inspires me… The rest of the time I am out there living life! It strikes me that preachers, teachers, evangelists, writers and bloggers need to spend significantly more time out there joining in and significantly less time observing aloofly in order that our message is authentic. People don’t care what you know, until they know that you care! BE life to your neighbours, friends and family and write about what God does in and through you!
May I encourage each of you to take the time this week to prayerfully discover your song. Your song is the message which you have lived and learned through to share with others… For Mark Stibbe it is the message of the Father’s heart, a message which he had to experience through being orphaned and adopted to truly appreciate. For my own Dad it is the message of the grace of God outworked in the reconciliation of man and wife after 18 years of separation.
What is your song? What has life taught you? What has God taught you through life? Sing your song with all your might because you are the only one who knows how to sing it! And please, please disregard the numbers game, it only leads to pride and robs you of your inner joy.