My recent ambition to write comes from a deeper longing to tell the story of Jesus. I’m enjoying the writing process, but as I attempt to write, I sense that I am drawing nearer to Jesus.
In my last blog entry, I discovered the definition of a disciple as one who “embraces” and “assists in spreading” the teachings of another. For us it is Jesus teachings we embrace. We assist Him in spreading His message, His gift of mercy, forgiveness, grace and eternity with Him. His Story! So many have not heard.
During the summer months I watched an interview with Eugene Peterson who wrote The Message, a “plain English” translation – considered a paraphrase by some – of the Bible. In this clip, the interviewer ask Peterson; “Do you have any advise for…. people who think ‘I’d like to write, I’d like to be a storyteller?'” Peterson answers “Do it. We need all we can get. There are never enough storytellers” He goes on to explain that there are many who don’t want to go through the discipline it takes to be a good writer.
This interview and especially Peterson’s answer to that specific question pricks something inside of me that wants to step forward and take on the challenges of being a writer. Disciplines at all. It does take discipline to be a disciple. Imagine that. Disciplined in a way that “assists in spreading the teachings” of Jesus.
As a submission to that discipline and in recognition that I have much to learn, I’m attending the Annual Fall Writers Conference put on by the Heart of America Christian Writers Network. I look forward learning the craft and pray that I retain every ounce of what learn this weekend so that I will better Tell The Story.
How do you tell the story? Are you a writer, singer, preacher, teacher, social media aficionado? Please leave a comment below.