When the words don’t come | five minute friday | purpose

when the words don't come

Five Minute Friday: free write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. No editing, no over-thinking, no analyzing grammar and style. Just writing. Today’s word: purpose.

Setting my timer and starting in 3…2…1…NOW.

It’s quiet around here lately. There are thoughts and feelings and things I want to say, but I sit down to suss it all out and silence. A blinking cursor, waiting for direction. The words don’t come.

Writing is my art. I’m a logophile. I love words and creating with them. I’ve known this from an early age. Even my first grade teacher wrote on my progress reports: she will be a writer one day.

This is my purpose. The written word submitted to the Lordship of Jesus in my life.

I’m struggling in it, though. Occasionally I get paid to write, but mostly it’s just for me. And sometimes, the words just don’t come. What does all that mean for my purpose, then? Am I only living out my purpose if I have an audience? Am I truly fulfilling my purpose if it’s not my full-time vocation? Am I failing when the words don’t come?

Purpose is such a loaded word. Like calling.

These are all the words I have tonight. They just won’t come.

Time’s up.

9 thoughts on “When the words don’t come | five minute friday | purpose

  1. Your post really made me think even though you stated that the words wouldn’t come. I appreciated, ” Am I only living out my purpose if I have an audience? Am I truly fulfilling my purpose if it’s not my full-time vocation? Am I failing when the words don’t come?” As a creative, it easy to align our worth from outside praises, but our purpose and calling isn’t wrapped up in what others have to say about our gifts. We are only expected to share them and not hoard them. At least that’s how I see it. 🙂 I wondered if I was living out my purpose when I decided to stay home and homeschool versus teach in a public school. Each day since making that choice, my purpose has become clearer and clearer, and He has been faithful in keeping me on track.

    Thank you for this post. I will recall these questions when my creative mind begins to doubt.

    1. You’re right, accolades are less important than obedience – and writing as a gift from the Lord for our good and his glory. We must only be faithful.

  2. I’m with you. Writing is my passion and I’ve come to realize that it’s God’s plan and purpose for me. But it’s hard. Not always rewarding. However, He has started a good work in us, He will finish it 🙂

  3. This post brought to mind this one thought that I have had all week – Even delays are a part of the process and journey with God. They are often a much needed key to our preparation. May it be so with you! Blessings!

    1. Process is hard for someone who is results-driven like me. You are right, though – purpose is a journey, not a destination.

  4. When I read your post I thought of a seed: when it’s germinating underground, it’s not visible, but there is still growth happening. Maybe the times when the words won’t come are times of germination or dormancy. The underground seed doesn’t have an audience, but it’s busy doing its thing, preparing for the plant to burst forth and produce leaves, flowers, fruit, whatever. We all go through these times when output and results seem to be absent. It’s hard to stay the course during those times, but I do think there is a lot happening, if it’s not apparent to us.

  5. Sometimes the words flow so furiously I can barely keep up (and I was once a medical transcriptionist so I can type quite fast) and then there are those moments when I find myself searching too. Purpose doesn’t have to be our vocation, but it can certainly be found in it as well. I found much right here in your post today. God will use you and your words for sure, but He will also use your life and I believe He is doing just that. Thank you for so much to think about in what you might feel are so few words.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Be blessed.
    Visiting from FMF #75 if you’d like to visit too.

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