Why is writing so important? Throughout the Bible the phrase “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” is used repeatedly (Proverbs 7:3, Deuteronomy 11:18, Hebrews 10:16 and Jeremiah 31:33, etc). God even felt it necessary to “write” with His own hand the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone for the people He loves. If it was important for the Creater of the Universe to “write” things that are significant and should be remembered, how much more so should we learn to take advantage of such a powerful tool!
Today we are living at the height of technological advances. We have every available convenience at our fingertips but it seems the average individual is losing the ability to effectively communicate with the written word.
I have to confess that for many years writing was not high on my priority list until just few years ago when I began to write and record my own music. Through the process of writing lyrics did I gain a deeper appreciation for the power of the pen and capitalize on the untapped potential of written communications.
So, I challenge you today to not only be attentive to hear when the Holy Spirit speaks, but also be ready to capture it in written form. It might… just might be a blessing to someone else!
Here are some other compelling reasons for us to never lose the passion to write:
- Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in college, in the workplace, and in the community.
- Writing expresses who you are as a person.
- Writing is portable and permanent. It makes your thinking visible.
- Writing helps you move easily among facts, inferences, and opinions without getting confused—and without confusing your reader.
- Writing promotes your ability to pose worthwhile questions.
- Writing fosters your ability to explain a complex position to readers, and to yourself.
- Writing helps others give you feedback.
- Writing helps you refine your ideas when you give others feedback.
- Writing requires that you anticipate your readers’ needs. Your ability to do so demonstrates your intellectual flexibility and maturity.
- Writing ideas down preserves them so that you can reflect upon them later.
- Writing out your ideas permits you to evaluate the adequacy of your argument.
- Writing stimulates you to extend a line of thought beyond your first impressions or gut responses.
- Writing helps you understand how truth is established in a given discipline.
- Writing equips you with the communication and thinking skills you need to participate effectively in democracy.
- Writing is an essential job skill.
~based upon brochures from Brown University and the University of Missouri