“Heaven is eternal—the earth endures. Why do heaven and earth last forever? They do not live for themselves only. This is the secret of their durability.” From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
I recently read an article about writing that Elizabeth Gilbert’s website. In it she states, “When I was writing Eat, Pray, Love, I had just as a strong a mantra of THIS SUCKS ringing through my head as anyone does when they write anything. But I had a clarion moment of truth during the process of that book. One day, when I was agonizing over how utterly bad my writing felt, I realized: “That’s actually not my problem.” The point I realized was this – I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write. So I put my head down and sweated through it, as per my vows.”
When she was very young, she made a vow to writing as a holy calling—and so it is. Any gift that is revealed to each of us is to be reverenced as a precious treasure. However, it is not given to be held closely to my heart but to be spread as far and wide as it can possibly go.
I remember hearing the story of the song, “Shout to the Lord.” Darlene Zschech had written it but was embarrassed to share it with anyone because she thought it wasn’t very good. That song went on to be one of the tunes that brought the worship ministry known as Hillsongs to the world.
Many of the entries I’ve written for this blog left my hands with the thought, “well, I tried…” These are the ones that most often surprise me in the responses that are shared. So I’ll keep writing. It’s nobody’s fault that I was born to write, and the world doesn’t have to love it or even like what I have to say or how I say it. I’m just putting it out there. What happens next is none of my business.