During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight to link up your story by clicking here.) And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend Lynn D. Morrissey.
Squelch the Naysayers
by Lynn D. Morrissey
So, the naysayers have told you that you can’t write? that your words are pedestrian, because rejection letters don’t lie? that you’ll never find an agent, much less a publisher? that writing isn’t a real job? that there’s more to life than just sitting around in your pajamas all day, popping bonbons and pecking away at a keyboard? that you’re just wasting your time—ergo, your life?
Then let me be your yaysayer. Let me encourage you to dust yourself off, pick up your pen, and pour out your soul, because you are an author, created in the image of the one, true, mighty Author-of- life God. God is a writer, so you are a writer—period. And you are His ambassador.
Did you catch that? His Ambassador. Words are important to God, and He has given you the gifts of language and story and the sacred mission of crafting and sharing them. Word-shapers are world-shapers (quote me), and you have the awesome (please disregard the trivialization of this powerful word by wielding it)—I repeat: the awesome privilege and responsibility to shapechange your world by writing truth about the Word, Jesus Christ. Oh my powerful writing friend, He has authorized and commissioned you to write.
How can you not?
You are wasting your life if you don’t write. Writing is your birthright. Words are continually building in your bones, beating in your heart, pulsing in your brain, coursing through your blood, whirling in your breath. Words are bubbling up from your artesian-well soul, and they cannot help but overflow to others, unless you stop the well and stop the writing.
Oh, but you won’t. I know you won’t. You’re a passionate Jeremiah who proclaims, “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
Indeed, you must not. You cannot not write!
Squelch the naysayers, be they loved ones, not-so-loved ones, strangers, professionals, or your own inner demons (translation: fear, failure, famine of words dubbed writer’s block). Send them all packing—all! I’d tell you to jam your fingers in your ears to block their doomsday prophesying about your calling, but you need your fingers to write.
Write to tell God’s truth. Write to tell your truth. Write to glorify and dignify, clarify and justify, beautify and satisfy. Write to evaluate and investigate, elevate and liberate. Write to express and bless, question and inform, challenge and prod, comfort and cheer. Write to smash mediocrity and mundanity. Write to stash meaning and memories. Write to wake up or calm down, to fume or have fun. Write to dream and to imagine, to hope and to help.
God is your agent and publisher, and He will get your words into print. Just write. Write anywhere and everywhere (except walls.) Write on napkins, on bulletins, in margins, on paper (I’ve even written on toilet paper for goodness’ sake!) Write on screens and in journals. Write lists and post-its. Write letters and emails. Write articles and newsletters. Write poetry and blogs.
Write books and E-books.
Write to write; it’s fun. Write to right; it’s rewarding.
Just write! Write like time is running out, because it is. Write like you have something to say, because you do. Write like you’ve been gifted to write, because you have. Write like God has called you to write, because He has. Write like He wants you to obey, because He does.
Come out from the shadows and let your light shimmer on the page and simmer on the screen.
Write because the Holy Spirit Himself has lit a fire in your soul, in your sinews, in your bones, in your brain. Write the fire. Write the fervor. Write the freedom.
Write because He is worthy. And because He is and because He has gifted you to write, your writing is worthy too. And remember that a life worth living is worth recording (quote me).
Writing is life. Writing is your life. And I daresay that no naysayers can say otherwise.
Just let them try, because God is your ultimate yaysayer. And He won’t take no for an answer.
Lynn D. Morrissey possesses the rare ability to probe beneath the surface, striking the heart of a subject, while sharing transparently from her own heart. She is passionate about journaling, through which God has healed her of suicidal depression, alcoholism, and abortion guilt. She empathizes greatly with those who endure pain. A poetic stylist, Lynn is the author of Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy through Written Prayer and other books, contributor to numerous bestsellers, Certified Journal Facilitator (CJF) for her ministry, Heartsight Journaling, AWSA speaker, soloist, and member of the American Kantorei, a professional Bach chorus. She, her husband Michael, and daughter Sheridan live in St. Louis, Missouri, along with their incorrigible substandard poodle, Chevy.
Over the next two days, Lynn is sharing her reflections, in prose and poetry, about the horrendous tragedy which occurred in New York on September 11, 2001, in honor of those who lost their lives and in praise of God who works all things together for good. She posts her insights at Kel Rohlf’s blog, Nourishment for the Soul: http://nourishsoul.blogspot.com/2013/09/part-two-poem-guest-post-lynn-d.html
Lynn is giving away two copies of her book Love Letters to God: Deeper Intimacy Through Written Prayer. Because Lynn’s book is about journaling, to have a chance to win, we invite you to leave a short entry in the comment box from one of your journals: a prayer, an observation, description, Bible verse, something God has shown you. If you don’t journal, just feel free to comment about Lynn’s post. The winners will be drawn at random by Friday at noon. We will notify the winners by email.