By Don Zoller
When you start to write you may wonder, “Who cares?” Who cares about what I write, or even if I write at all. To answer this potential show stopper, put your writing tools aside and pray.
There are people in your life—your children, grandchildren and other loved ones who truly care about you. Their care for you is particularly heightened now with many of us shut in and not able to physically embrace family and friends. What better time than this to express in words your love for them by sharing your life and the Lord’s faithfulness over the years. These loved ones are those who care for you and want to read your story, perhaps a story previously untold. These loved ones are the readers of your story.
I have personally found that when I know who my readers are—people who I care about and who care about me, I have answered the question, “Who cares?” But, there is more. It is what you write about that makes the answer to this question more forceful.
You have a story to tell, a narrative to share. It is a story about God in your life. It is your legacy story that will live within the hearts and minds of your loved ones for years to come. A story that will inspire and motivate the next generation and beyond about the reality of a living God. A God who is passionate about His love and faithfulness being passed on to others, especially to your family. “Who cares?” God does! Embrace His passion! When you do, you are ready to write!
This is more than just leaving behind a remembrance of how mom and dad loved Jesus, but rather a demonstration in words—your words—of the reality and power of God in your life. This will make the reader say, “I want what mom or dad has for my life.” When we stop, pray, and think, we all have an inspiring story to tell that has the potential of transforming the lives of those who follow us. A legacy, not measured in dollars, but in words that speak to your loved ones of the presence and faithfulness of God in the weakness of a human life.
Your action today—Keep the people you care about prayerfully in mind as you write. You might picture them sitting across the table from you. You are telling God’s story in your life. Be excited that you have the privilege of blessing them with the words you write. Until next time . . .
Blessings and Shalom
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.
Don has recently joined the family at Trinity and is active in the 50+ Bible Study. He enjoys writing and has authored several books that provide spiritual encouragement and biblical insights. His son and daughter-in-law, Graham and Susan, are also members at Trinity.