“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” – Psalm 95:7-8
Thirty years in ministry left her with a small mortgage, few close friends and a husband who unexpectedly left her. When he died, he carried her usefulness with him. She’ll spend her remaining days pinned to a blue wing chair and her fear.
A string of her husband’s bad investments and unwise choices left her desperate to retain her job. The first time her boss touched her it sickened her. His advances and her inability to reject them cloaked her in shame that destroyed her health alongside her dignity.
No one believed her childhood secret. The secret clawed at her vulnerability and encased it in the steely fingers of independence. She dated only men she could manipulate with sex and control – men she believed couldn’t hurt her. She gave them her body as a desperate plea for her heart.
“Be true to yourself.”
“Find your writing voice.”
“Write only for you.”
I consume these messages about writing every week. It’s not that I think they’re wrong. But I do find them lacking.
I don’t want to be average for God; I suspect you don’t either. What if He didn’t call us to write to be our own voice? What if He called us to be His?
The above are all real women whom I know in my walk-around life. Would it make their story more poignant if I told you one of the stories was my own? Would it make their story more important because it came from my voice?
These women will never sit behind a computer screen. They will never pen their story. Does this strip their story of compelling lessons? Does it make it less worthy to be told?
I think no. As Christian writers we should be on the lookout not only for excellence in technique but in representation. Whose thoughts do we write? Whose voice speaks?
If our primary concern is for ourselves, at best we will author a memoir but if our heart is for His, we will lead others to the rivers of healing and forgiveness. Today I want to challenge us to press the pause button on our search for self.
Let’s listen today not for the sound of our voice but for His.
QUESTION: What as God been telling you to do with you life, your writing, and living for His glory alone? Please share it with us in the comments sections below.