I write because it’s who I am. I write because my stories are the kind I’d like to read.
But ultimately I write to glorify God.
Now there’s a phrase that concocts a host of differing ideas in people’s minds. Some mean they write because God called them to. Some mean their stories are God-given. Others mean they write for an audience of One. I guess there’s a bit of all those in my mind.
I didn’t approach my writing career casually. I spent a lot of time praying about it alone and with my wife. I received a lot of encouragement from my Bible reading about my writing career. So, I do feel this is something I’m supposed to do.
I also hope my stories are God-given. I won’t pretend that I created my brain with all of its nuances and ideas. I won’t claim that I breathed life into my soul, thus giving me a personality that enjoys dreaming up creative stories.
And while I hope much more than an audience of One reads my books, I do know that I will stand before God someday and give an account for what I did with the time, talents, and tasks He gave me. I would never want to present a book to Him (or a publisher) that wasn’t the result of my hardest work, diligent effort, and perseverance. Colossians 3:23 states, “And whatever you do, do heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” My goal is to present every story I write to Him in such a way that makes Him smile. That makes people think He’s amazing in His creative ability and power.
And yet, I don’t think any of these quite encapsulates what I mean what I say I write to glorify God. Revelation 4:11 states, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God created me for a purpose. To have a relationship with Him. Doing that brings a smile to His face because then I am doing what I was created to do.
When He gives me a skill or task in life, and then I use it in a way that reflects my genuine love for Him, it touches His heart.
Why do I write? Because I love my Jesus 🙂 I could never earn His favor. Nor could I ever deserve or repay His love. But producing the very best story I possibly can is one small thing I can lay at His feet and say, “Here, Lord. This is for You.”