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Monday, April 30, 2012

Why Write?

So many times in life we start out with the right motives, and end up with the wrong ones. I spent some time with Christian writers at a retreat this weekend and I was challenged to realign my purpose once again. (Funny thing is, this was not the theme or purpose of the retreat)

Lately, I've been writing for Kelli. I wanted the notoriety of a contest win. The acclaim of obtaining an agent. The fame of a published book.

A reminder from a simple verse was all I needed:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men... Colossians 3:23

I have been working at writing with all my heart...but it's been for me. The cool thing is that repentance is so easy. I'm turning around today and writing, with all my heart, to please my heavenly Father.

Consider this promise:
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

I pray my plans for publication succeed, but they are God's plans now. I surrender my plans in exchange for HIS! And when I think of what He's capable of, I realize how wrong I've been. Today, I've realigned my heart and my purpose.

So I ask you: Why Write?


  1. Hi Kelli,
    I started writing to honor God. Occasionally I struggle with how much time I spend writing. Could I do something better to bring God glory?
    Yesterday, I received a letter from an agent saying my story didn't quite fit what she was looking for. So once again I ask could I do something more practical to honor God?
    For now, I hope that praying for others and participating in crit groups is my way of honoring God while I struggle to get published.
    Thanks for posting this, Kelli.

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog Jackie. You are a glory to God in every way!