Recently, I was given an assignment. I'm not sure how else to explain it. It's a project that I've been thinking about, toying with, and simmering on the back burner for a while now, but it's never come to anything more than that. Until recently, when it was made very clear to me that now is the time for this particular project to move from back burner to full steam ahead.
As LDS people, we believe that the Lord communicates with us. We believe that He talks directly to our prophet and church president, as well as giving us revelation regarding ourselves, our lives and our families. It's the biggest singular difference between us and every other Christian church out there. We believe that our Lord truly takes an active hand in our lives.
So why would He not do that with our writing? Of course He would!
Each of us have our talent for a reason, and that reason is to serve our brothers and sisters here in this old world. If our talent is words, and we are truly striving to magnify our talent, then the Lord can lead us in the way that we can make the best use of them.
My latest project, with promptings from the Holy Spirit, is now in the works. I have been blessed to find others who are just as dedicated to this cause as myself, who are now working together to see this work done. I truly believe the Lord has a purpose in mind for this project, and that I am being prompted because someone out there needs to read what I need to write. At the risk of sounding zealous, I praise the Lord for the talent He has given me, and now is directing me to use to the best possible use.
When was the last time you thanked the Lord for your talent as a writer, or your desire to write? Have you asked Him lately what He would have you write? Do you pray about what you are writing, and ask for guidance or help in using your talent to the best of your ability?
Perhaps it's time to start.