I recently returned from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ conference in California. Wow… what a week! Besides having the amazing opportunity to meet other writers, it was great just to be immersed in the beautiful redwoods!
Anyways. At the conference, I took a class where the instructor said God calls us to a life of writing, not a life of publication. Now, I’m a pretty practical person. (Can you be a Christian and a writer, and still be practical??) When I started writing, it was more a hobby than anything. I never really thought of it as a calling from God. I am writing a fantasy novel, after all, and how much can anyone really minister about Christ in a fantasy world that doesn’t exist? (Ok, C. S. Lewis did it.) But why would God call me to something that didn’t directly expand His ministry? As much as I want to get published, I don’t feel like I’ll fail God if I don’t. Although my novel is filled with Christian principals, I don’t consider it something that HAS to get published for someone’s salvation. (But that would be cool if someone found Christ through my book!)
And then I thought, If writing is a calling from God, why would He call me to write a book but not publish it? What’s the point in that?
But the more I thought through all these tangled concepts, the more I came to realize that the instructor was right when she said writing is a calling from God (whether or not we get published.) Because as I look back on my life, I realize that it has been better ever since I started writing this book. By keeping all these stories and scenes and characters tightly cooped up in my mind, I was weighing myself down. But by letting these ideas explode all over Word and organizing them until they created a story that made sense, I was freeing myself.
Creativity is something that should not be bottled up. It’s something that should be expressed every day. Every hour. Two years ago I asked God to give me a passion, and He did. He told me to write.
I think I can finally say, whether or not I ever get published, my writing is a calling from God.