Within my post titled, "My Story," I threaded two of Henry Nouwen's devotional thoughts on writing and sharing our journeys. As I read through the following Nouwen thought I must be honest, I often say to myself, "I have nothing original to say." I am glad and encouraged that Henry does not think this to be a good argument for not writing.
Making Our Lives Available to Others
One of the arguments we often use for not writing is this: "I have nothing original to say. Whatever I might say, someone else has already said it, and better than I will ever be able to." This, however, is not a good argument for not writing. Each human person is unique and original, and nobody has lived what we have lived. Furthermore, what we have lived, we have lived not just for ourselves but for others as well. Writing can be a very creative and invigorating way to make our lives available to ourselves and to others.
We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.
What I gleaned from this devotional thought is the more we share our story, the better we will become at living our story. I believe this to be true. The more I share my life and daily happenings through blogging, personal friendships, and journaling the deeper I can go in the reflective process, which can lead to embracing the good in my life and letting go of the not so good. When I am journaling, I believe I am sharing my story with God, which does bring heart transformation.
A few questions to ponder and if you are bold to comment on:
What stops you from writing or blogging about your story?
How has sharing your story enriched your own journey?
Those who would like to go deeper with Henry Nouwen concerning our life story check out a Nouwen blog titled, Home Tonight. Another blog I would like to mention, for those who have a passion for prayer at marked by faith, yipeng has pulled together a list of prayer resources.
For the curious: I have finished one of the two papers I need done by Friday. The paper I just finished was to describe a current ethical situation I have recently experienced. This was a great task to view my own ethical values. I am now moving on to reading 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus to see what Paul has to say about pastoral ethical values. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement, I will make it through.