Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Worship-filled Writing

Saturday, at my local ACFW meeting, a friend said something that has stuck in my brain ever since. Simple as it may be, it was very profound to me. She said that, for her, writing was an act of worship. I was lost on everything she said after that, stuck on that one phrase. Wow. Writing as an act of worship. I've never thought of it like that. Yet why shouldn't I? After all, I am writing for God. I have commited my writing to him. Yet this . . . this is different.

From now on, I think I will look at the act of writing in a whole new light. Each keystroke, each word, each sentence can be an act of worship, giving glory to The One who gave me a gift He intended me to use for His kingdom. Wow. That's pretty humbling.

Do you look at writing as an act of worship? Or are you as awed by those words as I am?


  1. I've always thought of worship as actively using your gifts to advance the kingdom...so I guess writing would fall into that, huh?

    I like the concept. If even one person could come closer to Christ through reading the words we write, heck ya, I can see it as an act of worship.


  2. I've never thought of it that way either, Mindy.

    From my dictionary: worship
    1. a) reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration b) a church service or other rite showing this
    2 extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind

    Cool to think about! But it doesn't mean we can skip church on Sunday to stay home and write. :)


  3. No, writing certainly can't replace corporate worship. Goodness, with writing being such a solitary thing, we need corporate worship more than anyone.

    Thanks for stopping by Lynn.

    Great thoughts, ladies.

  4. Hi all,

    Mindy, how strange!!! Kind of that revelation came to me Sunday. Not exactly that it is worship, (although I think it is now that you mentioned it) but what an awesome thing it is to write for God.Like it finally sunk it this was ALL about him.

  5. A couple of years ago, someone posted this to a writing loop that I'm on. And I believe it was because we were having a discussion on whether or not Christian writers should write on Sundays. Several of us who work full-time felt like we should. And yes, after church.

    Anyway, when I started thinking of it like this, I lost the guilt of writing on Sundays, and my writing starting to improve a great deal. I started pouring more heart-felt prayers over my writing and the freedom that it gave me inspired me even more.

    It is an act of worship. It is a ministry for some. And it doesn't replace other acts of worship or other ministries, if everything else in our lives is in balance, it compliments our faith and relationship with God.

    Great insight!