Tuesday, October 28, 2014
God uses words, so keep writing
Sometimes I find myself believing this nonsense that writing is a saturated market. Do you ever think that too?
There's just so many blogs.
There's just so many books.
Certainly there is no room for my voice, for my story, for my thoughts, for my words.
Do you ever catch yourself thinking that? And believing it?
I've been fairly quiet in this space for a while. Partially because I have a very young brood of children to attend to at all hours of the day. Partially because I started to convince myself that my voice didn't need to be heard.
A lot of people write about the same things I write about. Why do my words matter?
But there is one thing that has continued to ring true in my mind lately and that is this: God uses words. God works through writers. Just take a look at the bible. He used 40 different authors, over the span of 2000 years, across 3 continents, who wrote in 3 different languages. He used all of them, unique and different, yet serving one unified purpose, to speak to His people.
Of course this is not to say that my words are as significant as scripture. Certainly not. After all, the bible is the word. The truth. Nothing is as important or crucial to our lives as the living word, our daily bread. There is no substitute for it and nothing can come close in significance and necessity to the living, breathing word of God.
My point is simply that God uses words, written by all kinds of different people.
I am not the same as the next blogger. Yes, we may have some similarities, you and me, but I assure you that we are more different than we are alike. We've walked different paths, experienced different difficulties, different joys, learned different lessons, sought out Jesus in different ways and at different times. What we write about may be similar but our words are going to be different. And I believe that there will always be room for more words.
Words have power and validity and there is always room for more words. But not flippant words, not mindless chatter. Words with meaning. Intentional words. Words that exhort, counsel, encourage, educate, train up, advise, rebuke. Words that matter rather than words just for the sake of words.
So write. Take out a piece of paper and scribble those thoughts that are bouncing around in your head. Open the laptop and start typing. Push the record button on your device and start talking. However you record your words, simply do it. Get them down because God can use them. Share them with others because God wants to use you.
He has called us all to encourage, build up, and exhort one another daily. Sometimes that means picking up the phone and calling a friend (words), sometimes that means writing a quick email or text to someone who needs to hear from you (words), sometimes that means posting on Instagram what the Holy Spirit revealed to you this morning (words) and sometimes that means writing an entire book on a subject that others need to hear about (lots of words).
Whatever the method, as long as we are obedient to Him, I believe that God uses our words.
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13