Why Write? Hasn’t It All Been Said Already?

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By Kimberly Rae

When I lived in Uganda, West Africa, driving anywhere was an adventure in frustration due to the huge, sometimes car-sized potholes in the road. Sometimes it seemed better to just give up and stop trying. However, giving up meant not going anywhere.

Writing is similar. There are all sorts of “potholes” that show up–an offhand comment from someone, the arguments we put in our own heads, Satan’s lies–that get in the way of where God wants us to go.

However, unlike in Uganda, the potholes in our thinking can be conquered, bridged over with truth until they’re just bumps to get over rather than massive craters waiting to swallow us whole. Here are a few of the bigger potholes, and the truths that bridge across them.

1. There is so much already out there. Why should I bother?

This is a legitimate question and one that will keep you from moving forward if you let it. However, the wonderful thing about being a daughter of the King of kings is that He has a distinct and important purpose for your life. If He has called you to write, there’s a reason for it. You may not be able to see where your voice is needed, but God has a place for it.

2. Someone else could do this better.

I’ve thought of that as a mom with health problems, but God still gave me 2 kids and told me to raise them. He did not give them to anyone else–anyone “better.” Because they are mine, because God assigned them to me, I am the best mother in the world for them. In the same way, if God has given you a message to share with the world, you are the best person to give that message.

3. I don’t have a broad enough outreach for my message.

A little boy gave Jesus one lunch once. Jesus could have used it to feed one person. Instead, He used it to feed thousands. But remember, the little boy had to give the one lunch first, even though it was laughably inadequate for the need.

4. I’m not a “real” writer yet, so maybe I shouldn’t put my words out there yet.

Just because someone else is farther along than you doesn’t mean you should feel overwhelmed or intimidated, any more than a child should feel overwhelmed that most of the people in the world are older than he is. It’s not a child’s job to catch up to everyone older. He is growing at the exact age and stage of development God intended for him and his life. Don’t compare your details to other people’s details. God makes individual plans for His kids, not group ones. =)

5. If I don’t write, I won’t fail.

Not true. If you are meant to write, not writing is the only way you can fail. This comes down to obedience verses fear. Did God tell you to do this? That’s all you need to know.

Those potholes are big and daunting, but next time you face one, throw a bridge of truth across the void and drive right over it!

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thess. 5:24

Author Photo More SquareKimberly Rae has lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia. Her books on international human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, Stolen Future) are all Amazon bestsellers. Her currents projects include a teen series on human trafficking and her Sick & Tired Series on living with chronic health problems. Find out more at www.kimberlyrae.com. Sign up for Kimberly’s newsletter and get a free download of her award-winning book, From Africa With Love!
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