|Annette M. Irby|
"Make a careful exploration of who you are . . . "
Do you know who you are?
Let's make a list: Christian, writer, parent? sister? brother? spouse? minister?
We wear many hats, don’t we? And it’s difficult to find a balance. But this verse gives us permission, if you will, to explore our creative side. To explore whom God created us to be.
This Scripture is not giving us permission to be forever introspective and self-absorbed, but it is directing us to honor God in His creation of us as individuals. The more we become the people we were made to be, the more we glorify God. He’s our Creator, so when we fully personify all the unique aspects of ourselves, we glorify Him.
Dawn and I often talk about books. She has certain favorites, certain books that, for her, stand out and make her a committed reader of a certain author. I have others. We don’t always share the same favorites. And as writers, Dawn and I write differently—from the style and genre of our writing to the voice, we’re different. One style isn’t better or more highly honored; they are simple different. Diverse. And thank God they are. (Our critique partners lift a resounding cheer!)
As a writer, you have a specific voice, a specific calling, a specific presentation to give the world of readers out there. Do you know what your specific voice is? What your calling is? Do you know what you were created to do? to write?
What are you passionate about?
If not, may I suggest you pray until you find out? A lot of times our greatest passion points to our calling. What are you passionate about? Give yourself permission to journal your likes and dislikes. Give yourself permission to explore who you were created to be. “Make a careful exploration.” Next time you’re doing something you truly enjoy, ask yourself: “Is this tied to my calling?”
If you already know your purpose, strive to be everything you were meant to be in that calling, in your writing.
Be your creative best!
Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date—that is until he meets restaurant owner, Lara Farr. Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle—or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen—to save it. Can Wyatt rescue Lara’s restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove he is good husband material?
This series first appeared on Seriously Write in 2009.