This is my official hello blog post; my name is Brian Ives, husband to a great wife, father of two great kids, a Youth Pastor and someone who loves to think. I thought I would take a post and explain why it is that I write.
I would have to go back many years to find a time when I did not have a thought running through my head. Sometimes they have been hard for me to get them on to paper. To get them to a place where they can be hashed out, defined in a clearer manner, and could be stored, but for years the thoughts have been there.
I think it makes a big difference in people’s life when they write or use some form of communication to record their thoughts. I believe that everyone has beneficial information to share. One man suggested that every person has at least one book in them; their autobiography. But I do think it makes a difference in why we write.
For me, I write for several different reasons, here are the 5 I value as of now:
- It helps me to think through and remember the lesson(s) that I am currently learning.
- It helps me to understand how I feel about those lessons and be able to look back on them for years to come.
- It helps me to clear up my thinking and sharpen what I have to say.
Michael Hyatt says: “Thoughts disentangle themselves over the lips and through fingertips.”
One of the best things I have started lately is Twitter https://twitter.com/BrianKIves
Where else do you get a strict diet of 140 characters to say what you got to say? It has been a challenge for me, but one that I am enjoying.
4. It helps me to be a better communicator and a better preacher.
Most of the time when I preach it is hard to “hear” myself getting off of my topic. But when I write I can clearly see when I start getting off subject.
I will never forget the day I learned this lesson. I was proofing a devotion I was writing; I realized that I had gotten off subject for about 5 or 6 lines. I had to erase a few lines and start back up the paper. My thoughts had the chance to become like an arrow shot at a defined target.
5. I hope people read my content, my stories and the lessons that I learned and be able to learn from them also.
So there are the reasons that I write, I understand that most of the reasons that I write sound like they are just for me, but I do hope that it impacts the people that hear me speak and the people that read what I write.
So do you write, and if you do you find that it helps to see clearer the thoughts that you have in your head?
I don’t write as often as I should, but I love doing it when I get a chance; most of the time it’s more about making time, rather than using the time you have left over. Writing is a wonderful way to express your feelings, thoughts, and emotions through concentrated time and effort. If you sit down and truly take the time to “let it all out,” you will probably feel a lot better than if you had held all the anger or frustration inside. Writing is a great way to express yourself. You should never quit writing, and if you haven’t started…it’s never too late!