Sometimes I wonder why I like to write. I have found that I am often better at expressing my thoughts through written (or typed) words rather than verbally. Maybe it’s because there is so much processing through my mind that I’m not sure what is the best way to say what is on my mind. I don’t really know the answer to why I love to write, but I am thankful that I am able to. Reading sometimes goes hand in hand with writing. I LOVE to read and if I had more time, I would probably be reading more than I already do. Lately, I have been reading the blogs of other people around the world. Some of them are my friends who work in Christian organizations and others are simply writing about the daily occurrences of their lives. I looked back at my own blog and I first started this thing about 3 years ago when I first left for Spain. I had seasons where I was actively writing and posting all the time, and then there were other seasons when I just wasn’t sure what to say and only shared my thoughts every once in a while. I guess this is one of those seasons.
Sometimes I’m not sure what to say, so I just wait. Listen. Watch. Or read. These blogs that I have recently been reading give me such great inspiration. They bring knowledge. They bring insight. They give hope. And maybe that’s another reason why I like to write… I want to share the hope that is within me, given to me by my Heavenly Father. I used to (and sometimes still do) wonder if people in the world will ever run out of things to write or talk about. Will we run out of movies or shows to watch? Will we run out of ideas for books to be written? Will we run out of tunes to sing? There’s not much originality left in the world… Even the stuff I’m writing and saying here has most likely been said or thought of before. But I recently realized something about sharing things that have already been said.. We need to be reminded of things. We need to hear from the people around us who we call our friends. It’s one way how our character is able to grow.
Most of the blogs I read are not filled with anything I haven’t heard before. But it’s something in the way these people write that brings me hope and encouragement. Seeing the way they live their lives through their words written on a computer screen can have such a huge impact. Their thoughts they express help me to realize some of the most simplest of things.
So maybe we think there’s no originality left in the world. And maybe there are one too many blogs out there to read. Maybe some thoughts are better left unsaid. But if you don’t share your own perspective or insight, are you making an impact in your circle of friends around you? Are you using your gifts God gave you to the best of your ability? Originality doesn’t necessarily have to mean the thought or idea has never been heard of.. It could be original in the way the person shared it. And the closer you are to that person, the more meaningful it is.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as it the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25
I am inspired by the godly examples i see in others. The Lord puts people in our lives to help us continue on in this life. Blogs, books, music, and quotes are just a few of the things that inspire me. God has used the people behind these things to encourage me. Yes, the Lord does encourage me through His Word and that will always come first in my life. But He also uses people and their gifts for give us hope. To show us His glory. To remind us that we are nothing without Him.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” 1 Peter 4:10
And that is why we share. That is why we take risks and try new things. The Lord has given us a purpose. We may not know what it specifically is, but keep doing what you’re doing to the best of your ability. Learn your gifts and develop them further for His glory. He brings a sense of joy and peace like no other. Pray that God will deepen your faith. It’s a dangerous prayer because sometimes we are led to difficult valleys, but remember, He does not leave us alone in these valleys. He is always present.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13