I’ve been thinking about my “Why” for writing–the purpose behind it. For a couple of reasons. First, I got challenged by THIS: (I know it doesn’t show up very well on my page but trust me on this one. Check it out. Really!)
What an amazing illustration of how knowing your Why gives your What more power!
Being clear on your Why helps you find others who share your sense of purpose. People you can speak to from the heart and know their passion resonates with yours.
I also got challenged by THIS:
I found it thought-provoking so I shared it on my Facebook page. But then I started to ponder what Toni Morrison said. Artists employ language to help civilizations heal. Looking at the deep rifts, at the volume level of the uproar and anger around us, what can my small set of gifts and talents do?
Many of my writing friends feel they’re called to be writers. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt exactly that. But I did feel called to tell a specific story to the best of my ability. It’s a story about the power of faith and forgiveness. About God’s light shining in some very dark places.
About moving past enmity. Moving through trauma.
Don’t we need that today–in our deeply divided country–as much as ever?
When Jesus wanted to make a point in a way that would impact people’s hearts, what did He do? Often, He told a story.
Our culture is a tremendous consumer of story and we tell it with surround sound in technicolor. In an election year, the stories are all about what divides us–what makes us “red” versus “blue.” But Jesus told stories that emphasize how we’re fundamentally the same. How we’re all sinners in need of the cross.
I want to tell stories like that. Stories that spread the “word of reconciliation”:
…He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor 5:19-20)
I guess that works as a “Why.” What’s yours? What gets you up in the morning to do what you need to do?