Friday, August 3, 2018

Why Do You Write? By Melinda Viergever Inman

Melinda Viergever Inman

Why Do You Write?

Why do you write? Your answer determines all the rest. Most of us might respond that we don’t even know how we feel or think about a matter until we’ve written our way around and through it. That would be true of most writers. But that’s not what I’m asking.

Why do you feel that writing is your mission? Why are you pursuing the serious writing life? What is your purpose in writing for the public eye? Is writing your calling?

Think about that a moment, for writing is one of the most challenging, underpaid, “white-collar” occupations around. Is it worth it? Your reason must be significant because this job will cost you. You may not even break even.

We share a unique calling, we who gather here. We take our writing seriously, for we write in a world that ingests words twenty-four hours a day. Our words constantly pour out upon gadgets, phones, tablets, and computers all over the world. This is where God has placed us in history. We were born for such a time as this.

Why do we write? Because the Lord has called us to write for him.

We seek to promote his ways and his words. We long to reveal his story, his work, and his transformation of human lives. We proclaim his praise and herald his character and goodness.

The book of Ecclesiastes ends with advice that looks back on a life, admonition to remember our Creator in our youth, before the days of trouble come when our eyes, our ears, our brains, and our bodies will wear out. Then, we may not be able to write the words that proclaim God’s truth. Then, our eyesight may fail, and our ability to record his words to uplift others may dim.

If God has called you to write, I urge you to seize each day now as a gift from God and to write with all your might, whether you make any money or not. This is our ministry. Do not lose heart! Use your gift to the best of your ability to proclaim our Savior’s character, love, grace, and salvation to others. This is our only opportunity.

The words recorded within the pages of Scripture and exposited to us in sermons and teaching - these words goad us onward, impelling us to write, inspiring us to pen words that tell stories unveiling our Savior.

Lest we veer a little too far this way or that, we write with precision, guarding our words with care, preventing them from adding beyond what God has said. God’s words are nailed down. We must not deviate into false teaching.

Our task is exhausting. We often wonder how we can keep going.

The conclusion, the motivator, is the knowledge that we will one day stand before God and give a verbal account for our words. We answer to him now and will answer to him in the future for how we use the gift and the calling he has given us. Will we press on when the money is low, the body is weary, and the discouragement is high?

I say, “Be certain of your calling, and then, dear writer, press on!”

May we heed these words of wisdom, written by one who made many mistakes along the way:

“The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-14 NIV).




Melinda V Inman, Author of: Refuge; Fallen; and No Longer Alone


Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda Viergever Inman now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the Midwest. Her faith-filled fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her weekly at http://MelindaInman.com/blog/. To find her work and to be notified of future published novels, follow her at http://bit.ly/MelindasBooks/.

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14 comments:

  1. Wow, great way of explaining the calling of a writer. I hope more follow the calling to write for God

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! You’re one who is! And you’re doing it quite well!

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  2. Yes, Melinda! So well put and spot on. We are called by Him to write. This is powerful, "Lest we veer a little too far this way or that, we write with precision, guarding our words with care, preventing them from adding beyond what God has said. God’s words are nailed down. We must not deviate into false teaching."

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    1. I so agree! That is the sticking point as we pore back over our words and try to discern if we’re in error at any point. It’s essential for Christian writers to be theologically sound, and to do that we absolutely must be drenched in God’s Word!

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  3. Thanks for your post; I needed the reminder of God's calling in my life to write. I was feeling discouraged over the sales of my book and this a good reminder that the Lord is in this for His glory.

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    1. This is for you then. And also for me. The Lord inspires what I write here every first Friday of the month. I wait for his leading each month because I know that someone needs words of encouragement, and that is my task - encouragement! Interestingly, he always encourages me in the process! Praise God for that! I then write that encouragement for I know that if I feel in need of being uplifted, so too do others! God bless you, fellow writer!

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  4. I love to write. I pray that my stories will draw people closer to God. :-)

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    1. They do, Melissa! Thank you for writing them!

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    2. Thank you so much. Have a blessed weekend! :-)

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  5. This — "Why do we write? Because the Lord has called us to write for him." You have an eternal perspective on writing, one that recognizes we are placed in this time and we will stand before God and give account for the "talents" He so graciously endowed within us. SO yeah... write on! ;-)

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    1. Lisa, I believe that eternal perspective is indispensable! Otherwise we grow downhearted in the labor for we’ve lost sight of why we’re doing this, the fact that God uses it in the way he deems best, and that he will reward us for using what he given us as talents/gifts and how we have used those talents/gifts. That old hymn that begins “It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus...” often holds me up and refocuses my mind on Christ. Time in his Word every day does likewise!

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  6. I'm not sure we choose to write. Writing chooses us. Great post! God bless!

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    1. We don’t choose to write. God made us writers. But we do choose to keep responding to God’s call to actually do it. When writing for the market place, it’s sometimes tempting to quit striving, to write “only” in our journals, “only” for God. But if he has called us to take it out into the wider world, we have to put our hands to the plow and not be tempted to turn back once we’ve engaged in the difficult task of public writing and the marketing that goes with it. It’s exhausting. He alone can sustain us in it.

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  7. I needed to read this article RIGHT NOW! I've been struggling with all of the OTHER things surrounding writing and not remembering the reason for writing in the first place! Thank you so much!

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