Each day begins with prayer and either household errands or blogging. As much as I enjoy writing, the daily household demands of living often interfere with what I feel God has called me to do. The author of thousands of magazine articles and more than 40 books, Jamie Buckingham often said, ”Writers write. That’s why they are writers. Publishing may or may not happen.”
Shelly is a writer. Many Sundays she sticks a poem or article into my hands and says confidently. ”I knew that you would want to read this. It’s the best work I’ve ever done.” After I hug her, she walks away satisfied that someone else appreciates her writing efforts.
Eric has a different writing style. He takes a Scripture and then applies it to his life. I must ply his works from him one finger at a time. They are neatly handwritten in pencil. I always receive a nugget from his scriptural commentary that I’d not seen before reading his manuscript.
Even though Shelly and Eric are intellectually disabled, they have dedicated themselves to sharing from what God puts in their hearts. Shelly’s poetry has been published and republished. She has been asked to speak at a high school English Composition Class. There is much to learn from her poetry.
Eric’s works are equally provocative. However, he is less likely to share his works with others. His personality is more private and reserved.
On the other hand, Jeremy wants to write and talks about it often. Yet, he never seems to be able to put onto paper the many ideas that swim through his fertile mind. Jeremy is by far the most able of the three to put into a readable form his thoughts and idea; but Jeremy lets the tasks of the day get in his way.
There are four things I see which hinder Jeremy that Shelly and Eric do not allow to work against their writing.
1. As I said before, Jeremy is a busy person. He flits from one thing to another. While he says that he really wants to write, he never seems to find the time. Therefore, it never gets done.
2. He wants someone to work with him. He wants a class. Shelley and Eric simply write. They don’t need a teacher or tutor to inspire them to put pin to paper. They are writers and writers write.
3. Jeremy wants his works to be as close to perfect as possible. Perfection works against the writer, as it does in almost every area of life. No matter how many times I go over a piece, I can never seem to find all the mistakes until I hit the PUBLISH button.
4. There is passion in Jeremy but not for writing. He desires to teach and he is willing to prepare to make it happen. A writer’s passion must be writing, first and forever.
As Buckingham said, “Writers write.” We can’t help it. It is born and bred into our DNA. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus is perhaps the main reason the Lord has given many Christians a passion for writing. Each time, I get an article, teaching or poetry from Eric or Shelley, I’m impressed with the value of the written word which shares God’s love for us or our love for God.