I’ve been called to encourage and so I, a Christian, write as it says on my Aunt Shirley Story Ministry pamphlet; “To encourage and teach through the power of stories with the hope everyone will see who they truly are in God’s eyes and His plans for them.”
Sometimes the story idea comes from God. When that happens, the story flows easily onto the paper. And it makes storytelling easy. I do my best to put that idea into a realistic story; one that most people can relate to.
But when I force an idea because of a fast approaching deadline, I squeeze the words from my mind; juggle them around on the paper until they appear to make a reasonable story. Unfortunately, that reasonable story sounds like gibberish when I’m telling it. Yup! Right in the middle of telling the story that’s when it hits me. This is garbage! Who wrote this? Oh, yeah, I did when I thought I was being a genius. I struggle to finish telling the story and try to walk away holding my head up but inside I’m embarrassed. Inside I turn a rainbow of colours just like my silly Aunt Shirley outfit.
But fortunately, no one has complained or criticized any stories or the way I tell them. So far, audiences have enjoyed the stories and some have said that they’ve learned something. What a relief! Even my mediocre writing skills, God can use. Wow! That’s amazing!
Should I keep writing? I guess so. After all, God called me and gave me this passion for words. So I’ll let the ink flow for God.