“If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?”
It might surprise you to hear who said that.
It’s Stephen King.
Stephen King is not an author I usually read. Too scary. When his first break-through novel-turned-movie came on TV, I watched Carrie.
It was a mistake. Because King knows how to show a story you won’t forget. And I’d rather forget a story like Carrie, but I still haven’t.
Stephen King is that good.
He knows what he’s meant to do, so he does it. “If God gives you something you can do, why in God’s name wouldn’t you do it?”
What has God given you to do?
There are days I couldn’t give you a clear answer. On some days I might see a lot of things God has given me to do. On other days, it may feel like nothing at all, and certainty nothing of importance.
But on most days, I feel a deep call from God to spend time with words. Writing, reading, learning, memorizing.
King must feel that urging, too. He knows he is meant to read and write. He explains it in his nonfiction book, On Writing.
In the book, King answers this question: “Do you do it for the money, honey?”
“The answer is no. Don’t now and never did.
“. . . I have written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side—I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.”
What brings you joy? What could you do forever? What delight has God planted in your heart?
Is it reading and writing, too? God has taught me SO much through reading, and I know he has much more to teach me through books. Authors are some of my most valued teachers.
And though I rarely label myself an author, even as I write, I learn, too. To make sense of a struggle, I often have to write it out. God works through words to bring me clarity and guidance.
I thank God for reading and writing. They both bring me joy.
Both reading and writing show me God.
Can you handle Stephen King books? (The only other King book I’ve read is 11/22/63; it was fabulous but also intense!) Do you call yourself a writer? A reader? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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