Writing behind the scenes
There are so many reasons I write.
I love the creative aspect of writing. I love the way my brain works when I’m on the keyboard.
I love words. And rhythm. And piecing ideas together.
I love trying to make something–art or instruction–that is beautiful or enjoyable or sometiemes just plain useful to someone.
What many people don’t know is that I probably write offline far more than I write online. And between my six–yes six–blogs, I write a lot. (Only three of those blogs are public, mind you.)
BUt actually, much of my writing happens in emails. Just good old fashioned one-on-one, person-to-person emails. (“Old fashioned” – heh heh.)
Almost daily I get an email from someone who is asking for advice or prayer or encouragement, or who simply wants to share (and be affirmed in) an experience. Many of them are old students of mine. Some are friends, or friends of friends. Some I’ve met through blogging. And some seem to appear out of nowhere.
it’s an incredible opportunity to use what I love (writing) to be a blessing.
I don’t get paid for it. I don’t get famous from it. I don’t have anything to show for it.
But I love it.
Why? Because it’s tangible. I know I can help people… and I want to.
Yes, I can share my (at times limited) life and experiences… but more importantly I can point them to God, the One who gives life.
it’s a very private ministry, and extremely hard to quantify, but it’s a very valid one too.
The only problem comes when people ask me “what do I do?” (as in my work). I sometimes stumble over this question and usually just say I’m a stay-at-home-mom (plenty of work right there, folks!) and a part-time teacher. (Which is true.)
“Oh, and I write” I sometimes throw in there.
But mostly? Mostly I’m just me. Without a title. Trying my best to use what God’s given me to help out the next girl.
Q for you: Is your “work” easily quantifiable?
p.s. I’m not always able to do it straight away, but I always try to make time to respond to emails and private messages.
p.s.s. I just realized that I was talking about emails as if they’re not online. Haha, oops. I suppose I should’ve talked about “public and private” instead of just on/off-line writing. I guess that’s what I get for writing without much forethought and with no editing! 🙂
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