Why do you do what you do?
Ohhhh, I know, what a question!
Whether you're a writer, a singer, a dancer, a poet, an astronaut, a vet, a doctor, a teacher, a receptionist, a cashier, a garbage man, a lawyer or a stay-at-home mom.... or any other "thing", what drives you? What's your motivation?
Obviously there are many things. Most of all, for most careers, it's financial reasons. I mean, we need a job to put food on the table and a roof over our heads, simple as that.
But lets go beyond the basic needs.
Below are MY top five reasons that I do what I do... in other words, Why I Write. (I do other things too, but they have separate reasons and that would be one LLLOOONNNGGGGGG blog post!)
5.) It's relaxing. When I'm in story land with my characters, it's a blast! Granted, there are some tense times, but I'm in my element and I LOVE it!
4.) The characters in my head DEMAND it. "Write this Krista!" "Pllleeeaaaasseee write my story! And make sure the guy is hunky, kay?"
3.) It's my dream. I asked my Daddy when I was little why he and mom had so many dreams that they knew would never be achieved (that is a whole other blog post) and his response? NEVER stop dreaming, Krista. And I never have!
2.) Because I have to. Writing is in me and I just can't not do it.
And the top reason why I write?
To glorify God. To bring him Praise and honor and to be obedient to him. My deepest hearts desire is for people to grow closer to Jesus when they read my books, because in the end, He is all that matters! Now, Please know that I'm not saying my books are all preachy and stuff, but know that they are well prayed over that God will use them for his glory.
We sang this song at church on Sunday. I've heard it many times before, but God really used it to bring my head back around and remind me of the reason, the core, of my writing. I want Jesus to consume from the inside out so you can't tell where I end and He begins.
A few of my favorite lines from this song:
"Everlasting, YOUR light will shine with all else fades."
PLEASE Jesus let Krista fade and your light shine bright!
"Your will above all else, my purpose remains. The art of losing myself, in bringing you praise."
I firmly believe that Jesus uses us "little" people so much because through us, his light can shine even brighter! Jesus, your will above ALL else! May I bow down in humbleness so you can be exalted even higher Jesus.
Why do you write? What is your purpose? What is God teaching YOU through your writing?