Friday, April 4, 2014

FMF: Writer

Am I a writer? I write, therefore I am one.  I think the same thing about running.  I run, therefore, I am a runner.

I think a lot of people think we need qualifications to be writers (or runners).  To be a writer, one has to have a public face, either online or in a bookstore, their name a byline in black typeset.  To be a runner, one must be fast, participate in timed races, or abide by training plans.

But the truth is, God created some of us to blossom under the labels of "writer" and "runner," just like He also did with other ways in which we serve and enjoy life: gardener, singer, painter, mother.

No one has to use any labels to define them.  If they don't serve a purpose for you, don't use them.  But if you feel that burning in your heart...I am a _______________., chances are it's because it's a spiritual gifting waiting to be used.  In public, in secret.  Who knows?

So be the _____________. Don't get trapped in the world's definition of _______________.  Imagine all the ways God could use your gift.  Don't pull out measuring sticks.  

You might do something so unique, there is nothing that could possibly even compare, friend.

photo credit: ....Tim via photopin cc (Text added by Jen)

I'm hanging out with Lisa-Jo this morning.  Want in?  Here's the deal:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..


  1. Very good thoughts! I'm pondering the same over at my blog. :) I like your take on the "spiritual gift" aspect. I do believe it does often come down to terminology too, what one word means to another... Thank you for sharing. Rebecca

  2. Thank you for the encouragement, Jen! It's so easy to play the comparison game and qualify ourselves as NOT being something rather than allowing ourselves the grace to see that we are a __________ and a work in progress.

  3. Coming to you from FMF... thank you! No measuring sticks here...

  4. In my welcome, I define myself with a list of "I am_______" labels. I don't say I am a writer, though. I have a hard time saying that - but I do and I am - and no matter how many doors I try to walk through with with my gift - I can only use it where I am, one step at a time - and find joy with it where I am - no where I wanna be's. Mighty fine insight in your post, Jen!

  5. Amen Jen!! Love this and so encouraging!! You are a beautiful writer, so glad you continue to write.


  6. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  7. From FMF. I love your thoughts.
    How very true that we tend to get caught up in the definitions and checking to see if we are up to the "standard," whatever that is. Thank you for your encouraging words. :)


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