Become Whom You Can Become

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Writing Life

Faith proves what we don’t yet see. But we must act in order to see what faith proves.

Last weekend my wife and I had the privilege of leading twenty-three aspiring writers through a 1 ½ day workshop designed to launch them from dreams into action. Move them from desire to decision to doing.

DR teaching KW workshop 600pxThe participants learned the essentials of story and writing craft and a simple four-step process that, if they follow it, will guide them to develop and publish a book.

Before they learned any of those things, though, we started with the most important thing.

Why.

In my own journey of becoming an author, I wrestled during the early years with whether God had “called me to write” or whether it was my own idea. Whether it was okay to invest the time into becoming good enough to tell stories people would want to read and share, or whether it was an irresponsible diversion from the important things in life.

What I discovered—and what we helped our workshop participants discover—is that our gifts and talents and desires are the best indicator we have of what God designed us to do, inside His purpose for our life to love Him and love people.

Why do I write? Because it makes me come alive. More than any other vocational endeavor in which I’ve engaged.


Our gifts and talents and desires are the best indicator we have of what God designed us to do, inside His purpose for our life to love Him and love people.


Kingdom Writer Workshop participants 600pxEvery person in the room discovered the same thing about themselves. Writing makes them come alive. Writing is their mode, their expression, of fulfilling the destiny God planned for them long ago.

We also helped them understand their “why” in a way that helps them communicate it to others. I used Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle model, taken from his bestselling leadership book Start With Why, to connect the kind of writing they want to pursue to their purpose, cause, belief.

At the end of our workshop Saturday afternoon, those twenty-three people left filled with purpose, inspiration, and a plan.

Now, it’s up to them to put it to work.Kingdom writer workshop participants2 600px

It’s up to them to become the people whom they can become. To take the actions they must take in order to see what their faith in God’s plan for their life proves.

The apostle Paul sums it up for us: Whatever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, not people. For it is Jesus whom you serve.

 


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