I spent most of last semester learning about having to advocate for music education in all that I do. Transferring that thought, I have justified and reasoned why I like to write so much (for myself, mostly). So why do I like to write? (This is me thinking out loud almost more than “advocating”.)
General: I think and speak better through writing, most of the time. It has become my life’s mission to display and present and proclaim God all the time in many different ways to many different people. One of the ways I can do this is through writing.
Fiction: I like to write fiction because I am allowed to present Christ in a new way. I love analogies, and in writing fiction, I am allowed to bring some of the analogies to life. Fiction is a powerful medium, and I’ve been given the passion and the gift to use it. I have stories to tell: stories of God’s love, redemption and forgiveness. I have my own story to tell, and I have evidences of God’s power and righteousness to share.
Letters: I don’t write as many letters as I would like to, but I have been writing letters to more people in the last semester. My own letter writing has evolved into something in which I can encourage the letter-receiver with scripture and with Christ-centered chatter. I’ve discovered that my two most prominent love languages are words of affirmation and quality time. It takes time to write a letter, and I think about the person I’m writing to all while I write it. As I said, in a letter, I am given the opportunity to encourage and affirm the receiver of the letter. Snail-mail letter writing is a lost art, but I believe in it still!
Blog: Sometimes, I feel like I have a message to share. Nothing new or profound, just what God has been teaching me recently or something that’s on my mind. I love making spiritual analogies, and there are a lot of them here on my blog. I share my testimony, I write about my struggles, and I write about school. But in all this, I can see God working through it. He is King of everything, not just what directly talks about him.
I worship God through writing. Be it a letter, an off-topic blog post, or fiction completely immersed with God, I praise him through it. Writing is one of the gifts I have received from the Lord, so all I can do now is use it for his glory. I am trusting him completely, as in the next year I will try to get some things published. To God be all the glory.
Anna E. Olson, unpublished writer, trusting in Him always.