To turn darkness to light. Stories have the power to bring light to the shadows of the world. I write to shine light into the darkness.
To choose celebration over the grit of life. Life is chaotic, and there is always a cause for an alarm. I write in order to pause and shift perspective from stress to joy. This pause allows the words to mold everyday life into a celebration.
To discover genuine stories. Life swirls and the wisps are almost impossible to grasp -- unless I put words to the page. I write to find the genuine stories -- the real and raw moments of life that will slip through my grip and I lose a piece of the beauty life is meant to bring.
To document a radical faith. As the world pulls and demands, I write to defend and remember the One who is bigger than me. I write to build bits of this and that into a story that reflects Truth.
To play with words. I write because it's fun to play with words, to make them wobble and steady by stacking them on the page.
Mostly, though, I write to inspire others to celebrate their stories, even in the midst of the muddle. Sharing stories is the best way I know to make the world a better place. We soften and learn and rise up because we share stories. We defend and encourage and love more because we share stories. I write so others will want to share their stories. I write so others will live a stronger story. I write because story changes me and him and her and you...and together, we will make the world a better place.
This post is part of a 7-Day Intentional Blogging Challenge hosted by Jeff Goins. For more information and to see what others are writing, check out the invitation and Facebook page.
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