In the past couple of years I unearthed the realization that I enjoyed writing.
I cannot recall what made this dawn on me, but whatever it was, I decided to pursue it more in my life though this blog and other writings.
Jeff Goins, a wonderful writer and blogger, would further encourage me in his eBook You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). He provoked me to label myself as a writer, even when it feels like I am not. So, I began telling myself, Jeremy, you are a writer. So start acting like one.
This realization was similar to another one I recently discovered. Somewhere along my journey in seminary I uncovered the learned truth that I was a child of God. I knew it, but I didn’t know it. You know what I mean? I had a knowledge of it, but it wasn’t a knowledge of the heart (as John Calvin would say). It wasn’t there in my gut. So I decided to tell myself that, even when it felt like I was not.
Jeremy, you are a child of God. So start acting like one.
Both of these declarations started with who I was– one was by choice, the other by grace. Yet both would direct me to action.
Jeremy you are a child of God and writer. So start acting like one.
See, it was not enough to just be. I needed to then do. I needed to act like who I was, even when it felt awkward. I needed to live out of that reality, that place of a deeply rooted conviction. I would become a “be-do,” as a college professor once taught me.
So I’m going to live a better story and leave behind the little I have been gifted and blessed with. I want to live a better story by acting like a writer and son of God. I only have one shot at life, might as well give it my all. After all, I am a follower of Christ, I need to act like one.
What do you need to start acting like?