The following post is by Lydia Leigh as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project.
“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, NRSVA)
Why do you write?
It could be for love of God, a desire to communicate who he is and what he has said. Or perhaps for love of those we write for – to excite, exhort or encourage. It could be for love of the words themselves, of language cascading from our jumbled minds and communicating our hearts. It might even be for love of ourselves and our families, supporting them financially through our work.
Whatever our reason, when we write from love it fulfils our calling of a labour of love.
As writers and followers of Jesus our call is no less than to bring his Kingdom through our words. Whether our words are overtly Christian or not we bring beauty and truth through the power of his Spirit. We are partnering with God in his work and carrying out our own labour of love.
Our words might themselves convey God’s love and message. Or they might be something worthy of praise to the God who created the beauty of language, creativity and reason. It’s a labour of love regardless. Whether we craft a textbook or a bedtime story, his Spirit turns our work into something of the Kingdom.
The loves that drive my labour are a wellspring of praise and thankfulness. They are worth carefully cherishing, bringing joy and life. When I write from that place of love I experience the fulfilment that comes from working out my calling.
I also want my words to inspire, delight and challenge. My hope is that God’s love and truth might be conveyed through me to others, and his name be glorified for the small piece of beauty that we have brought about. I want my words to help grow his Kingdom. When I write towards that goal I experience the fulfilment of partnering with God.
May your work today be a labour of love, bringing praise to God.
Yahweh, thank you for the love you have placed in my heart, the love of writing and the love behind that writing. Thank you for all the good you have put in my life, which inspires my words. Fill me today with your Holy Spirit and enable me to write the words you have put on my heart. May your name be glorified through this labour of love. Amen.
Take a moment to reflect on the love behind your words and praise God for these blessings.
What beauty or truth do you hope your words will convey? Ask today to work with God in growing his Kingdom in that way.
Remember two things the next time that you put words to the page: the love that God has given you, and the good purposes God has for your words.
Lydia Leigh lives and works in Scotland where she reads too much and writes too little, especially on the topics of equality and theology. You can read her infrequent musings at www.lydia-leigh.com
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