Stopping to write now and then throughout the day does not diminish or detract from the rest of my life–it gives me the rest of my life. The truth is the more I am willing to pay attention and record and treasure up the hours of my life–the more I get done in them. Not less. Oh no. Not less. I get far less done when I just zone through my hours, days–life. When my hands are idle and my mind is on unconscious, unfocused, entertained, distracted mode. It restores me to sanity.
When I start writing, it stops the “spinning” around of “opinion” and speculation. I listen to that voice that speaks true principles–that reminds me of scriptural precedent and example; that “voice” that brings me calm and balance and understanding. Upon “hearing”–getting in touch with that “voice”–I feel a peace flow through me.
I’ve been reading, lately, about neurochemistry and I know science would tell me that the peace I feel comes from the chemicals released in my brain. But, here’s the exciting part: I am living the truth that I am able to influence those centers in my brain to release those chemicals. Or, at least, Someone is. Something is. A Power greater than myself is.
I have heard that faith is a principle of action. Writing, for me, is an act of faith. It is an act of deliberate choosing–choosing to pay attention, choosing to learn, exercising faith that if I come prepared to record the words of the Lord, He will open to me.
I must confess that I write to share what the Lord invites me to share with the hope that someday someone might come across these cherished thoughts and be “jump started” in paying attention and treasuring up their own. The truth is that the Light of Christ and the Holy Ghost are always trying to give us inspired thoughts. The question is do we pay attention; do we cherish them?