Okay, so now we’re on a roll. You’ve dredged up the past and dealt with it. The skeleton in the closet is just that, a skeleton. Now let’s do as God did to Ezekiel’s vision. Let’s put some meat on the bones and bring this corps to life.
- Start with writing about your formative years; your education, school accomplishments, you high school sweetheart(s).
- How about your working years, time spent in the military, your experiences (if you can talk about them)?
- Then, there are those nasty old “D’s”; deaths, defeats, divorce, discouragements, disease. We live in a sin-cursed world and these are the bitter realities. People die; we go through failures which may lead to defeats, divorce or discouragements. Can I say “Cancer survivor?”
People are always interested in hearing about other people’s trials. It’s a sickness we all share, but we want to know how you dealt with them. Did you overcome or were you overcome by them? People want to know if there is hope, and you may be just the one to give it to them.
The Scripture tells us that tribulation works patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope.
After addressing the major events on your life; graduation, marriage, children, career…
- Write about the minor, less significant events, which impacted your life, such as; decisions, delays, and detours.
It has been said ‘Even a pebble tossed into a creek can change its course.’ So what pebbles have fallen into your creek? What decisions have you made which altered your path? Did you accept that job offer? That transfer? That new position? What about the delays? How many times does even a red light change what could have been. Tell us how God sovereignly worked in your life to bring about much good.
And then there are those pesky detours; those unexpected pebbles in the estuary of your life? What has diverted your life from what you dreamed it could have been? Write it down. People will be pulling for you and pulling for themselves as well.
The song “I Dreamed a Dream” from LES MISERABLES says;
“There was a time when men were kind, … then it all went wrong.
I dreamed a dream in times gone by,
When hope was high and life worth living. … But the tigers come at night,
with their voice as soft as thunder.
As they tear you hope apart,
and they turn your dreams to shame.
I had a dream my life would be, … Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”
That song speaks of pain. Your life may be marked with pain, but thankfully there is hope, redemption and yes, God is forgiving. So write about it. Your children, grand-children, great grand-children will thank you and so will God for bring faithful to the call.
And hopefully, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you can relate how God providentially worked throughout all these events and trials to form Christ, the hope of glory, in you.
You have a message and you may not find it until you start writing. So start today. Begin writing. It will be an exciting and refreshing journey, one that someone needs to hear.
Red Smith is credited with saying, “Writing is easy, just open a vein and bleed.”
So what’s the take-away from this? In a nutshell:
- If you have an imagination, follow it.
- If you are a realist, (seeing the events happening around you) write it down.
- If you see as children do, then go for it.
- However you can express yourself. Put pen to paper, fingers to the keyboard, or, in this modern day and age. Start speaking to your computer and let it do the hard work of filling a blank page. And soon you will find the author within you.
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