Sunday, May 27, 2018

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. 

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3 comments:

  1. Good on you Ms. Edie. Your willingness to share your journal perhaps shows a new level of growth and maturity in both your writing life and your spiritual life. Although, somehow I sense they are one in the same with you ma'am. I look forward to discovering new lessons--both in life and writing--from your journal efforts. God's blessings ma'am...

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  2. Back in 2013, I had a similar experience, Edie. For about 10 years, I had been keeping a journal of spiritual insights Holy Spirit had been speaking to me. During those 10 years, I thought the journal was only for me. But in 2013, our Lord told me that the journal was for the Body of Christ as well, and He instructed me to publish the journal. So, I did. It is called GOD SPEAKS TO ME: MEDITATIONS FROM GOD'S HEART TO YOURS. Through that experience, I became more aware that we who are in Christ are truly one in Him. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  3. Wow, I've always kept my Devotional journals, re-reading them once in a while. I've occasionally shared a day's thoughts & lessons. But to publish them all? I would definitely need to go through and cull out some not-pertinent items.... it would be a job! But thanks for the challenge!

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