There's something about thunderstorms that just make you stop. Stop focusing on the world around you and fix your gaze back on Truth. As you are stuck inside with less distractions, you are almost forced to face yourself. You know, the one you keep running away from. So much noise has never delivered so much silence. Silence that brings freedom when you allow yourself to remember what's most important in this life. Your burdens fall like rain and you've never felt more refreshed.
I was drawn to sit down and write, and the Lord spoke to me, "Write just to write. Because you love it. Like there is no audience. Write because you hear, not to be heard."
So tonight I encourage all writers out there - You have heard it said, 'dance like no one is watching'...well, write like no one is going to read. Don't edit yourself. No pressure, no performance. Don't write something to sound clever or to impress, but rather to simply and vulnerably say something true. Perfectionism ruins a creative spirit. Not everyone is going to like your art, and not everyone is going to like what you have to say, because not everyone is going to like you - and that's okay. If you edit what you create for acceptance, so do you change yourself for them as well..because your art is you, out there in the world. And if that is the only reason you do it, you will always find a reason to give up. Do it because it's who you are, what you love, and most importantly, what God called you to.
So I say it again, don't write to be heard, but write because you hear Him. And those who have truth in them will be the ones who were meant to listen.
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