If I wasn’t a writer, I would be…

17 Jun

If I lived 200 years ago, I could be the woman writing with the quill in this painting.

I was trying to think of some whimsical, light-hearted topic to share with the world, or maybe something insightful or amusing. Perhaps I’d go for a topic about God or the Bible to encourage everyone out there. Unfortunately, I’ve got nothing…not really.

But I thought, well, maybe I should blog anyway. Although the basis of writing a blog post is to actually say something, what if I say nothing of substance? While some may argue that none of my blog posts have substance, I can assure those of you in that camp that this post will lack more substance and focus than usual.

See, I like to have my thoughts well-ordered and organized before I present a topic to the world. Using keen words and stunning adjectives, I want to wow the world with my command of the English language or just my writing ability. It’s sad that sometimes the only thing I think I can do correctly is write, and even then, I still kick myself for the typos.

I’ve always been a writer and a storyteller. It’s as much a part of my identity as my freckles or my life as an only child. After I write an article, I get this feeling in my stomach, a sort of nausea, and this thought it in my head–“What if you never write anything after this? What if this is your opus?”

I’m not looking for compliments or assurances about my writing. I’m just sharing an irrational thought that swims through my brain. At times, it really scares me because if I’m not a writer, then what am I? If I can’t hide behind my skill, then I would have to be something else besides…a writer.

I wish I could say that I would be sustained by my identity in Christ; unfortunately, I can’t promise that. As much as I would like it to be true, I think my main struggle in life can be tied back to this simple truth–I struggle to know who I am in Christ and how God views me. It seems so much more important what single Christian guys or random strangers think about me than the King of the Universe…and I don’t know why that is. Rationally, I know God’s opinion is the one that matters, yet even as I type on this blog I wonder what some of you out there think of me. Not what I write, what you think of ME.

This is an area of my life I am praying about and asking God to change in me. Of course, He can’t just zap me with self-confidence (enough assurance to be confident, but not too much to be cocky. A shot of appropriately humble will do), but He actually takes me through experiences in which I come face-to-face with situations that stretch, mold, and bend me.

More than ever, I see my life as a construction zone. I want to tell people I meet now to come back in six months because you’re just seeing the framework of who I could be…I’ll be much more fantastic and interesting then…and then you’ll want to stay. Really, I am changing, but at the same time I’m still afraid that people will leave because I’m not enough. If I’m forthright about the process, does that mean I get a extension on your opinion of me?

I realize how stupid that sounds, but stupidity loves company. Almost every person has struggled with issues of identity, purpose, and spirituality. I guess I want to be real about my current battles because it helps keep things in perspective for me, may help someone else, and because I’m a writer and that’s what we writers do. We write about stuff that (hopefully) matters.

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No Responses to “If I wasn’t a writer, I would be…”

  1. alyssa June 17, 2008 at 11:06 PM #

    After typing up a post I wandered over to your blog. Now I type SHOCKED that we both selected the topic of writing… words… meaning… power… identity. We are kindred spirits. 🙂

  2. alyssa June 17, 2008 at 11:06 PM #

    After typing up a post I wandered over to your blog. Now I type SHOCKED that we both selected the topic of writing… words… meaning… power… identity. We are kindred spirits. 🙂

  3. Imonmybreak June 18, 2008 at 4:12 AM #

    im adding this blog to my blogroll.. i’ll be back.

  4. Imonmybreak June 18, 2008 at 4:12 AM #

    im adding this blog to my blogroll.. i’ll be back.

  5. Kimmy June 18, 2008 at 6:43 AM #

    I know exactly what you mean. I have had many thoughts about what will I do when I am “too old” to sing. It seems like most churches (at least contemporary ones) only use 20 to 40ish singer. What if when I am 50 I am no longer valuable as a worship team member? Todd and I know a pastor/ worship leader who lost his voice many years ago. It completely changed him, but God still uses him in even a mightier way. Thats my prayer too. That even if my voice or usefulness is gone, God will use me anyway.

  6. Kimmy June 18, 2008 at 6:43 AM #

    I know exactly what you mean. I have had many thoughts about what will I do when I am “too old” to sing. It seems like most churches (at least contemporary ones) only use 20 to 40ish singer. What if when I am 50 I am no longer valuable as a worship team member? Todd and I know a pastor/ worship leader who lost his voice many years ago. It completely changed him, but God still uses him in even a mightier way. Thats my prayer too. That even if my voice or usefulness is gone, God will use me anyway.

  7. mjgolch June 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM #

    as long as you enjoy what you do and are young at heart; you will never be truly old.that’s my story and i’m sticking to it.many hugs and God’s blessings your way.

  8. mjgolch June 18, 2008 at 10:07 AM #

    as long as you enjoy what you do and are young at heart; you will never be truly old.that’s my story and i’m sticking to it.many hugs and God’s blessings your way.

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