As an author I have a decision to make daily. A question to answer every time I sit down at the keyboard to put words on a page. Why do I write? What drives me? Why do I find this need to express myself with written words? Of all the things I could do with the little bit of free time I have, why do I choose to write?
For me, simply, because there are things I need to say.
So the next question is: Why do I write the things I write? Obviously, I make a choice to write words that reflect on the Christian worldview. Why? Why not write solely entertaining tales of horror or imaginative stories of fantasy worlds or supernatural events? Why not weave words that will frighten and enthrall but offer no hope, no redemption? Why not write for myself? For strictly my own enjoyment?
Because I can't. That's right. I can't. It's not what I've been called to do. Now don't think I imagine myself as some modern day prophet called to proclaim the words of God through my stories. No, it's nothing like that. Have I been called to write? Maybe. I don't know. Honestly. I don't know. A "calling" is a pretty lofty idea. And that's really not the point anyway. The point is that what I DO know is that I've been called to glorify God.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)
Pretty much says it all doesn't it? But it requires some examining and thought.
What does it mean to glorify God? It means to shine a spotlight on Him. To magnify Him. To put Him center stage and give Him all the attention. It means to make Him, an invisible God, visible, even if in a very minuscule way. It means to reflect and magnify Him to the world around us.
And we're commanded to do that in "whatever we do," even down to the most mundane normal aspects of life like eating and drinking. Everything we do, every action we take, every activity we engage in should be done in such a way that it shines a spotlight on God. That it directs the attention of those around us to the one who stands center stage.
And if that includes eating and drinking than surely it must include my writing as well..
So a better question would be, with that in mind, how can I NOT write in such a way that my words area meaningful, that they serve a higher purpose, that they are carefully chosen to point a literary finger at the One who gave me the very ability to write them?