Sunday, April 19, 2015

Am I Hoarding My Writing Journey?

In this case, moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy. I Corinthians 4:2

When I think of stewardship, I think about managing something that is owned by someone else. I don’t think of my own life in that context, and I especially don’t think of my writing life that way.

I think of my writing life as a journey. And in a lot of ways that’s what it is.

Truthfully, though, it goes beyond just a journey. It’s also a set of experiences that make me who I am. The situations I’ve been a part of, the things I’ve learned along the way, even the people I’ve come into contact with, make up a very real part of who I am as a writer.

And I’ve come to realize that every aspect of this is a gift from God. It’s something He’s given me to make me into the person He knows I can be. Some of these experiences are filled with joy and others with great sorrow. Each one though, has added something to who I am as a person and as a writer.

What if these experiences aren’t just for me?

I’ve decided that they aren’t just for me. I do not believe God’s given me this abundance to draw on—to fuel and direct my creative endeavors—to have me squander and hoard them only for my on benefit. I believe He expects me to share my experiences with others and allow them to learn through what He’s been showing me.

So instead of hoarding my writing journey, I’m going to share it. Letting those around me see the good, the bad, and yes even the ugly. I'm going to trust that God has a bigger purpose than just me. I'm going to quit hiding away my experiences, letting them gather dust in the dim corners of my memory. 

5 comments:

  1. Thank you. I for one appreciate your giving spirit and how you are helping me along my own new journey.

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  2. Hi Edie,
    The photo pulled me right in. Seeing the wind turbines reminds me of a stretch of road off I-20 and Highway 84 in West Texas. Reminds me of home.

    I've been writing for nearly 40 years, and your latest column gives me permission to keep doing what I do. Thank you for being an encourager.

    Kathleen M. Rodgers

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  3. Thank you Edie, This is further confirmation that I need to be writing dailly.

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  4. Loved this post Edie, I never thought of all my experiences of being a gift to share with others.

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  5. thank you, you've spoken to me in several areas of my life.

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