About 9 years ago I was wrestling with the idea of writing.
“Is God really calling me to write?” I thought.
I wrote a lot but I didn’t know if it was something I was just interested in or if it was something I was called to.
During this time I bought a book called Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins. I stuck it in my red Jansport backpack and took it with me to a special meeting my church was having.
We had a couple ladies from Weaverville, CA to speak. After they spoke they invited people to come up to get prayer so I went up.
When it was my turn one of the women took my hands and looked me in the eyes and said, “I see you writing…”
I don’t pretend to remember exactly what else she said after that so I’m not going to make it up. But I remember she specifically said she “saw me writing” and something about God calling me to the ministry of writing.
My jaw probably dropped because this question was on the forefront of my mind and the Writing for the Soul book was literally in my bag 20 feet away while she said this.
I still don’t know what “being called to write” means. But I’ve tried hard to cultivate this gift since then.
I’ve even managed to make a living as a freelance copywriter. It doesn’t always feel like I’m walking in my calling, especially when I’m doing things like writing ads for insurance agents, but I suppose I am.
I’m still trying to separate the artificial walls of separation of sacred vs secular but it’s not easy for me.
Over the years I’ve compartmentalized my writing and made sure the lines didn’t blur too much.
For example, I would write about spiritual things on BeyondCliches.com and copywriting/marketing on Joshuamonen.com. And TheMonens.com was of course for family writing.
But now I have this personal blog where I want to start building an audience who will stick with me for 10 years or more.
I want to get in touch with that sense of calling I had almost 10 years ago when that woman gave me that prophetic word.
And to do that I feel I need to stop compartmentalizing my writing so much.
Therefore, I’ve decided that I’m going to be more open about my faith on this blog and not shy away from sharing supernatural stories like the one I shared earlier.
This doesn’t mean I want to exclude agnostics or people from other faiths from my writing. I still plan to talk a lot about business, money, freelancing, etc. but it’ll just be from an openly Christian perspective.
When I thought about keeping God and my faith out of this blog I felt like I would be hiding a part of my life that has a great influence on everything I do. And I want to have a place where I’m free to write without any restraints.
My goal in doing this is not to “convert the unbelievers.” I just want to be free to be myself and to help others who can relate to me and my situation.
So there you go. Thanks for reading and for going on this journey with me!