Today I complete the last lesson in my online COMPEL training book club with Proverbs 31 Ministries. It’s been such a joy to teach writing lessons to over 400 participants these past four weeks. As I think about “sending them off” on this last day, I can’t help but think of what might most encourage them in their writing lives.
I think of two Bible verses. First is Psalm 25:12 and how the Lord fulfills His purpose for us. Then in Psalm 57:2, we read such comforting words: “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me.” We often worry so much about the outcome of our writing that we forget that God has a purpose here that He will fulfill in our lives. We might not see it now, but He does. We cannot always know the impact of our words, but He does. We simply write. We stay faithful to the task. And we trust Him with the rest.
Meanwhile, we write because it helps us love Jesus more. It helps us worship Him more. It helps us see Him more. We write because it’s joyful, meaningful, and helpful in our journeys. We write to connect with ourselves and with others. We write because we are writers.
Maybe that’s the best thing I might say to encourage those with their fingers poised above the keyboard. You write because you are a writer.
So go write.