Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker and writers across the web join Five Minute Friday for five minutes of writing on the word of her choice. There are no major edits, no second guesses, just five minutes to write. I join to grow as a writer. Here is this week’s Five Minute Friday.
This week, Lisa-Jo chose the word writer. Writer. The one word that has my heart racing, my palms sweating, my mind stirring and my fears rising.
Am I a writer?
I desire to be a writer. I try to be a writer. I work at being a writer. Could I really truly be identified as a writer? Is it crazy to consider trying my hand at writing… as a profession?
<gasp!> I said it. I want it. I desire it. Since I was ten and my fourth grade teacher Mrs. McHugh encouraged my dreams of writing as I haphazardly wrote short stories loosely based on favorite novels and I worried about plagiarism without even knowing that was a word… I have longed to be a writer.
But I am afraid.
I am afraid of failure. Of speaking my dreams – of taking a small step (or several grand ones) towards writing and developing my skill – only to see myself fall short in some way.
Yet, everywhere I have turned for the past four months, God has spoken to me that it is time.
It is time to embrace the gifts He has given me and to develop them. To draw people towards Him through authentic stories, honest reflections, and strong teaching of His word by way of my words.
It is time to give way to the ideas and passions stirring in me towards that book idea I’ve had for FIVE YEARS. It is beating against the door of my heart to get out. I must let it out. I must give it the time it needs to become what it is.
It is time to take the time to become the writer that is inside of me. To cut things out that don’t fit this dream – this incessant call to write.
It is time to say it.
I am a writer.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT