The Purpose of a Writer (and Anybody Else)

purpose of a writer

Do you ever wonder what you’re doing? Or why you’re doing it?

Sometimes I feel that way about writing. I wonder whether I should even be doing this. I don’t really have the life experience of an author much older than I have. I haven’t gone through as much hardship or experienced as much. I don’t have the answers. What authority do I have to speak to people?

If I let them, those questions might cause me to stop writing altogether. I might decide I need to wait about ten years before I should publish anything.

But when I think that way, I forget the whole purpose behind being a writer at all.

My purpose in writing is to point people to Christ.

I don’t have all the answers. But if I can point someone to the Scriptures, to the word of the One who does have all the answers–that’s enough.

I don’t have the same kind of wisdom or experience as an older and more mature Christian. But if I can encourage people to rely on God, who can give us the wisdom and the strength and the power to follow Him–that’s enough.

This isn’t just true for writers, either. It’s what all of us are called to do. Live in such a way that God is glorified–that other people see Him.

Let’s not work for people to see how great we are. We’re not here to cause people to stand in awe of how beautifully we write, how great of a leader we can be, how hard we work, or how spiritual we are.

Yes, write beautifully. Lead well. Work hard. Strive to follow Jesus. And do it so other people will see how great God is.


Just as a note, I don’t want to discount the immense of wisdom of older Christian authors. Rather the opposite. I’m so very thankful for those writers, and we can learn so much from them. This post is just my reflections on my own writing and why I do it.

3 Comments

  1. This is a great post, Katherine. I actually stumbled upon your blog. I like this post because I feel that besides blogging, we as Christians can use writing as a way to express God’s love for His wayward people.

    I like when you said, “Let’s not work for people to see how great we are. We’re not here to cause people to stand in awe of how beautifully we write, how great of a leader we can be, how hard we work, or how spiritual we are.

    Yes, write beautifully. Lead well. Work hard. Strive to follow Jesus. And do it so other people will see how great God is.”

    I think it’s always better to work for Christ and let others see Him through us instead of us as Christians trying to work for people and not show the love of Christ.

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