And you thought you knew me. 🙂
Don’t get me wrong; I love writing. As a kid, I liked nothing better than curling up with a notebook and pen, crafting stories and poetry. My addiction to scribbling words and trying to encapsulate my crazy thoughts in semi-understandable sentences has only grown over time. My obsession with words was always just one of my weird little quirks. End of story.
But recently it came to a horrifying climax. It seemed like so much of my mental energy was going into writing and my future as an author… trying to figure out what it would look like, and how I would get to where I wanted to be in the writing world. I was so enjoying what writing involved that I was letting it become my life.
I was pouring into my stories instead of my siblings. I was investing in my writing courses instead of my friends. I was focusing on myself and my dreams instead of on my Savior and His dreams for me.
What started as a harmless little hobby began to devour every aspect my life.
The thing is, I’m not just a writer. I’m also a daughter, a sister, and a friend. Most importantly, I’m a child of God, a member of the body of Christ, and a representative of Him.
These other roles and responsibilities are even more important than writing. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pursue a career in something I so enjoy, but I need to remember that there are so many other aspects to my life than writing.
I need to remember my identity in Christ, and let my priorities flow from that.
My relationship with God comes first. Next, my family relationships. Next, all other relationships.
I’m not saying that it’s evil to work diligently at your job and seek to be good at it. Not at all. Actually, I’m really focusing in on that this week. But note the key word, job.
My job should not become a synonym for my life.
Balance, folks. Balance is key.
Let’s set our priorities in the right place and live them out.
2 thoughts on “First Things First… And Writing Isn’t One of Them”
Dear Laurel! You have hit on something so important but often ignored!
I just love your heart! You are so teachable! I am sure that God is going to use you and already is!
Abiding in Christ and handling all the aspects of life are suppose to go hand in hand for the believer but it is SO EASY to let the earthly, pleasurable things grab our attention and focus. Something I deal with on an on-going basis.
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Amen to that! It’s not even just writing, but thinking about writing. It can become an idol (scary to think about).
Honestly, being a writer would be easier if I wasn’t a Christian.
Thanks for the reminder, Laurel. Reminders are good.
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