Do you think that people with an inclination to write and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings with the world—do you think that these people have an obligation to write as well? There are certain holy gifts discussed in the Bible, such as the gift of phrophesy and the ability to speak in tongues. These are powerful gifts indeed and I do not undermine their high value, but I think most people understand that these are not the only gifts that God bestows upon us.
Surely you have heard people say, in daily conversation, such things as “Oh your daughter is such a talented dancer,” or “She is a gifted writer,” or perhaps “He takes after his father’s charismatic skills.”
For myself, it has been brought to my attention since a young age that I am a good writer and that I have a kind heart. In my mind, these two characteristics are absolutely “gifts.”
So, everybody has gifts and talents. Do these gifts all come with a certain obligation to the world?
Should those who have a tendency to concoct ideas and philosophies for writing too develop a discipline to get every one of these ideas and philosophies down on paper for the world to read?
I find myself thinking about this much recently. It is my guess that this is thanks to my current search for a way to live out God’s purpose for me in such difficult present circumstances. I cannot fly somewhere to get my hands dirty on the mission field. I cannot continue to share Christ’s light with university students in the same way I did, for I no longer walk beside them daily. I am limited greatly in a number of areas, so I search for the areas in which I have advantage; areas, in which I am gifted.
Is my writing perhaps my vehicle into the mission field at this time in my life? Surely God allows his people to be limited and tried, but he never does let us into situations in which we have no way to serve him. Christ is alive in me, and I am a living part of his body. (Because I am fairly certain that the body of Christ is home to no useless pieces like the appendix, for example), I know this must mean that I have an important role to play, even if it is one for which I did not hope or expect.
I would be glad to hear what thoughts you have on this topic. I am always thrilled to entertain new perspectives and I am sure I have much to learn from you. Thoughts? Please do share!