This post is part 2 of a 30-day long series of reflections on my life as I approach my 30th birthday. If you’d like to catch up and follow along, you can find part 1 here.
When you were in the 1st grade, your teacher’s name was Mrs. Walton, a curmudgeonly woman who was nearing retirement. Though she was stern and unsympathetic, she spoke an important truth into your life that you need to remember as you’re planning a career and choosing your area of study. On your first 9-weeks progress report, she wrote these prophetic words: “Rachel will be a writer someday.”
At 20 years old, you’ve lost sight of that gift. Sure, you know you have a knack for it. While it takes most of your peers days to finish a paper, you can start and finish it the day it’s due and receive excellent grades. But you have yet to realize that this is not just a skill. As a painter who captures beauty on canvas or a pianist who plays the melodies of the heart, the arrangement of words into sentences is an art and good writing is a gift.
Beyond that, your ability to write is a calling. You will spend many years in your twenties thinking about the idea of “calling.” You will leave law school in pursuit of seminary studies in response to feeling called to ministry leadership. Your husband will change jobs out of a sense of calling in one direction or another. At the heart of this idea is the desire to fulfill God’s purposes in your life to the utmost so as to bring him glory. And by the time you’re about to turn 30, you’ll discover that you bring God the highest glory when you live out the gifts that are unique to you. When you write, your spirit is united to God in way that fulfills your soul unlike any other experience, because you are expressing a gift you received from his gracious hands.
So, far above working for any Christian organization or serving in a leadership capacity for a ministry or church, writing is what brings God the most glory in your life. And Rachel, right now, as you are in the midst of preparing for your future, choosing an area of study and planning a career path, you need to pursue this gift. At almost 30, you’ll wish you had spent more time and effort chasing after the opportunity to write. Don’t waste the next ten years of your life in pursuit of money or status or title. Pursue your gifts. For the glory of God and the nurture of your soul, pursue writing.