The Journey Keeps Going
I have been home from my trip to San Diego and the YS National Youth Workers Convention for a few weeks now. I have thought about the different interactions I had while there, what I learned about myself and about youth ministry, and about how God spoke to me over those few days.
One of the most significant breakout sessions and ensuing conversations I had while there I walked into accidentally. I went into a session about writing for youth ministry to kill about 45 minutes before meeting up with a friend. During the session the presenters were giving advice on writing proposals, the editing process, and dancing around the fact that getting published is not easy and a long (long) journey.
As they were implying how hard and nearly impossible getting published really is without coming right out and saying it, one of them gave this advice; “before you even start down this road know why you want to write.”
This is a question I have wrestled with a few times in my writing journey and have written about it a few different times in the past. The fourth post on my blog (May 5th, 2011) was literally titled Why I Write . I wrote about my struggle with this very same question again about seven months ago in a guest post I Need to Protect Myself from Myself.
I have no idea what God has called you to do, perhaps it is writing, or maybe something completely different. But chances are it will take a journey to fulfill that calling. Now that I am several years into this writing journey I can see how much God has molded me, taught me, and helped me along the way. It has definitely been a lot harder than I first thought; if you haven’t answered this question you likely won’t keep going when it gets hard.
Why do you want to ______________? Go ahead, fill in the blank. I want to write because God has asked me to, and this is why I keep going through the victories and the struggles.
Posted on October 25, 2012, in My life and tagged motives, National Youth Workers Convention, NYWC, perseverance, publishing, self publishing, Youth Specialties. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.