I didn’t write an article last month for our newsletter.
Which is odd, because I’ve been writing a lot lately. I’ve been writing between 300-500 words almost every day.
Which isn’t odd, because there was a time when I’d write over 4,000 words in one sitting.
Which is a weekly difference of 1,500-2,000 words less now than I was writing before.
Why the switch, and how does this apply to you?
I’ve decided to start writing something worth reading. Each day that I write, the message I want to communicate needs to be clear, and so I take a writing of mine and edit it, whittling it down, much like a sculptor. Some phrasing looks great, while other phrasing is convoluted, wordy, and weak.
Essentially, I write less to communicate more. My writings need to be worth reading. And even more important than that, you should write stuff worth reading.
The eloquent and precise doctor, Luke, writes,
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4
Luke took great care in what he wrote. He investigated everything, and he wrote an orderly account.
And here’s why: “so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke took great care to make sure that he wrote something worth reading. In fact, he did it twice (his companion book, Acts, is simply stunning).
You have an amazing story: your life with Christ. And whether you intend to or not, with your life, you’re writing something that others are reading. The question is, “Are you writing something worth reading?”