A Purpose Worth Writing For

Guest post today, by Grace!
When I first discovered my passion for writing, I was a ten-year-old fifth-grader at a meeting with my parents. And I was bored. Funny how creativity springs from boredom—a phenomenon my mother pressed on me at a young age. “Oh, you’re bored?” she’d say. “That’s good! Now you can be creative!” We still have a sign on the wall with a list of things to do if you’re bored.
Now, over the years, I’ve finished two novels by myself and one with a friend… and, yes, I’ve started plenty that I’ve never finished. I spend my free time typing away at the computer (if I have free time), and if I could choose one thing to do all day it would be to write.
But why? Why do I spend hours on words, on ideas, on characters woven into stories that no one might ever read? Why do I care?
I started because I was bored. I continued because it was fun. And to this day I never want to stop—yet for a different reason altogether.
When I began thinking of ideas for my next novel a few years back, at first I had no thought of weaving God into the story. It was just about a Viking slave girl escaping her fate of serving her master in the after-life. But God had a different plan than I did. Since that first spark of inspiration (which I got the idea from an actual phenomenon I read about in history), the story has gone through several shapes and forms. While the book still has that first spark of inspiration, it is not all about her escape anymore. Now it is all about this girl’s redemption. Writing is still delightful to me—in fact, it is all the more satisfying, because I have filled the pages with depth, with meaning, and, as my character, Sigrid discovers in my book, “a reason to live.”
I am writing for a purpose. And without my purpose, I don’t know if I would be motivated to write at all. While I would have gladly written for no reason when I was younger, this Purpose has now consumed me, and I want it to reflect in everything I do.
Stories have the power to speak truth. Jesus doesn’t merely declare, “I’m going to find you if you get lost; your small amount of faith will grow if you trust in Me, and the true believers in Me are the ones who love even their enemies” —rather, he told stories of lost sheep that were found, mustard seeds that produced a harvest, and foreigners who were kinder than fellow countrymen to illustrate his points. While God’s Word is undeniably first and foremost, as believers we have that same Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ had, and, therefore, I believe God wants to use writers in remarkable ways to portray the truth. By trusting in Him and praying for guidance, masterpieces can be created—that, through the compelling words, can transform people's lives.
I have grown closer to God as I’ve written this book. Sometimes I wonder if it is because of my book that I am growing closer to Him, or if it’s because of Him that my book is filled with Himself. Maybe it’s both. Whatever the case, I am amazed that God has shown Himself to Me through stories, and I hope my stories reflect Christ’s truth to the world.
Because that is a purpose worth writing for.

 Grace Caylor: enjoys spending whatever free time she's got typing away stories at the computer, and she is hoping to publish the novel she's been working on about a Viking slave girl who finds Christ through an Irish boy (and through many, many tragic events). She is also in choir and loves to sing and worship on the piano. She hopes to glorify God in everything she does and to point people to His graciousness in whatever ways she can. She has her own blog Grace Abounds and she has been published on the Rebelution.

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