Heeding the Call by Carol Graft
Am I called to write or not? That has been what I’ve been wrestling with this past year. Recently in a conversation with a ministry mentor, the subject of the discussion was ‘Your Calling’.
God seems to be showing up more and more in Divine ways like that.
The definition she used was “a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence. The thing that won’t let you go. Keeps coming to mind.”
There is an inner Power that drives you to write. Can be consuming. Feels strange when you are not pursuing and/or walking in your ‘calling’.
I’ve not heard God’s audible voice saying ‘You must write.” I’ve not been awakened in the middle of the night, like Samuel, by His voice saying ” Get up and write.”
But I have been given dreams.
I don’t think I’ve had anything that would be considered a ‘Burning Bush’ moment like Moses.
But I have been in places that I have felt instinctively need to be written about or written into something.
If you say aloud that you are ‘called’ to write, there suddenly becomes a measure of responsibility to uphold the Calling. As well as, plenty of naysayers to speak negative words over you. Similar to ministerial callings.
Acting on that ‘calling’ may not happen immediately. Sometimes you are able to act right away on it. Other times that calling sits and has to take a back seat, or you dismiss it for a time. Or perhaps you aren’t even aware of it until God makes it clear that it’s time. Other times, there can be a time of preparation and practice before we actually move more into that area. That can take many forms. Reading, both for styles and about the craft. Taking a class. Attending a conference. Or simply honing the skills of the craft with simple writing prompts
If I am, you are, truly ‘called to write’; it has to most definitely effect your writing. I absolutely want to be pointing to Jesus in everything, or most everything I write in some form or fashion. Or most everything.
Why leave out the Message or any part of it, if you are supposed to be the Messenger?
Though be mindful of that Voice that’s calling you and who you are listening to. If it’s God, He will provide the path for you to take, the Divine Appointments, the dreams. If the enemy starts calling, it could be a Siren call and you will end up dashed upon the rocks.
I’m from West Michigan, land of the Tulips. Married 33 years. Mom of 7 blessed with 3 more from marriage. Have written in my younger years. Grown rather rusty. Trying to hone that rust off. Hope I speak life, encouragement and Jesus with my writing. Love books, hot beverages, worship and prayer.