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Write down what you have seen. (Revelation 1:19, NLT)
“Write what you know.” It’s the best freelance writing tip you’ll ever get.
I heard that statement a lot when I first started writing. It both encouraged me and intimidated me.
It encouraged me because it was comforting. If I stuck to the topics that are familiar to me, perhaps I might be able to get a piece of the freelance writing pie.
But I was intimidated. Even though I knew a little bit about a few areas, so did other people.
That conundrum led me to Revelation 1:19: “Write down what you have seen” (NLT).
God didn’t say write down what another writer has seen. He didn’t say write down what Hollywood celebrities have seen (unless you are a Hollywood celebrity) or write down what my pastor has seen. He didn’t say write down what my mom has seen or my husband has seen.
He said to write down what I have seen. And if you’re a writer or would-be writer, the same applies to you.
“Why me?” you may ask. “Who am I to write down the truth God revealed so that another person can read it?”
Why NOT you?
Through the ages, God has used ordinary people as His mouthpiece and in His work. Gideon, who considered himself to be among the least-influential family in the least-influential tribe, led Israel to victory over a numerically superior Midianite army. David, the youngest of 8 brothers, became the king of a nation. Mary, a poor peasant teenager, gave birth to the Savior of mankind and raised Him to adulthood.
You are qualified because God planted you in a certain spot. He gave you a unique perspective and one-of-a-kind observations.
So write down what you have seen.
Write what you know.
Thank you for where you’ve placed me. Give me eyes for what you’d have me see. Let me write down what I know and what I have seen.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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