Do What You’re Made For

Writing isn’t always easy for me. In fact, it’s often really hard. Being an analytical type, I want everything I do to be perfect and neatly organized or else I don’t want to do it at all. Unfortunately, this usually leads to me not doing very many things. I love reading a good book or article, and I often dream of being able to write as perfectly and as effortlessly as a best-selling author, often picturing those people as being so gifted that everything just comes easy to them. But the truth is, no matter how good someone is at something, excellence takes practice.

Obviously, I’m not an expert writer. I’m an engineer that God happened to give a desire to write. I don’t have all the fancy tricks and techniques that many authors and bloggers use, nor am I a natural at organizing my thoughts in a consistent format. ┬áMaking a blog appear attractive and functional is way harder for me than I’d like to admit, which is why my blog is always subject to change on a whim. The reason I write and blog is not because I’m naturally gifted at it and it takes no effort. It’s because I feel called to write and because I believe God wants to use me to show people that He is good, and that He isn’t afraid of hard questions.

Just because I feel called to write, doesn’t mean I don’t have struggles. I sometimes go weeks without writing because I feel like I have to wait for that “perfect moment” where all of my words just plop onto the page in perfect order. That doesn’t happen. More realistically, I usually get an idea, write most of it down, then try to fix and organize all my thoughts and words but instead get overwhelmed that it’s not working and spend three more weeks not writing anything at all. That’s where I was before writing this post. I finally got to the point where I had to admit I can’t be perfect and have to just start somewhere.

So my point in all this is that you shouldn’t give up on something you feel passionate about just because you feel like you aren’t good enough. Not everything has to be perfect. In fact, I believe most things in life aren’t perfect, which is why there is always room for improvement. My hope is that you will see that I am not perfect and realize that if I can pursue what I feel called to, so can you.

Discussion Topics:

1. What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but felt you could never be successful at?

2. Do you think people should follow their dreams or be satisfied with where they are in life?

3. Why do you think most people don’t follow their dreams?

I look forward to seeing your comments!