I struggled for a few months with the effect that the flooding had on so many lives and communities. Then I decided to write about it. I penned a poem, trying to convey the devastation, horror, grief, heartache, sorrow, etc. I could hardly believe that after expressing my thoughts and feelings through writing, the burden lifted. I still felt for the victims, their families and friends, but not with the same intensity. I still empathized, but wasn’t distressed like I had been. I hadn’t realised the strength of the cathartic effect of writing until that day.
So, why write? For me, there are a number of reasons.
One being the healing effect mentioned above. As I record my thoughts, feelings, heart, etc. my emotions are being released and expressed. And that is a necessary and healthy thing.
Another is to record what God is doing in my life. I love to journal and enjoy being able to refer back to what I have written. I find this a great way to encourage myself in the Lord. It is a permanent testament to His goodness and faithfulness, and at times I need to remind myself of this.
Writing also helps me to remember things. I am a visual person, not an auditory person. While studying at university, I made copious notes. This helped me to retain knowledge and information. To this day, I take notes when I listen to a sermon, otherwise it literally goes in one ear and out the other. ( And, sadly, this is becoming more of a problem as I grow older…...)
I also write as an expression of my creativity. If we have been gifted with creativity, we need to find outlets for this. Mine come in varied form. As well as writing, I love to mosaic, and over the years have enjoyed patchwork, hand stitcheries, scrapbooking. A feeling of great satisfaction accompanies these activities, especially upon their completion.
And last but certainly not least, I write to glorify God. My desire is to spread His message of love and hope, and to touch the hearts and lives of others for Him. The written word is a great vehicle by which we can spread the gospel.
I leave you with a question. Why do you write?