The Koala Bear Writer passes on Kathleen Gibson's thoughts on God's requirements and uses of writers. They are:
1. that our words be heard
2. that we become word-wrestlers
3. that we speak and write things we'd often rather not
4. that we do whatever it takes
5. that we be flexible and willing to change
6. that we give feet to our words
7. that we be effective people in our own back yards.
I was particularly struck by the first, second, and fourth of these. I think we are often over-ambitious and prestige hungry about being heard . . . but the error at the opposite end of the spectrum hadn't occurred to me--that it could actually be sin to hide our writing, to keep quiet when God intends us to speak. That wrestling with words means actually pinning concepts down strikes me interestingly too. I know about myself that I do write to pin concepts down, but it's felt like play to me. Or the gravy of life. That God might have intentions for my life and the lives of others through the process of my wrestling . . . hmm. And of course, on the fourth point--doing whatever it takes--the discipline of actually following out and doing the work of living into one's call . . .