On Writing

Many rude lies come against me in my mind every time I write. This page serves to clear the path of such rubble so I might take some brave steps forward.  I pray it helps you remove the debris, too, so you might take some next steps on the purposed path set before you.

Lie #1:  You shouldn’t write because someone else has probably already written about it.

Truth:  Luke said in Luke 1:1-4, “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.  With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

Luke is one of my heroes.  I try to imitate my heroes.

Therefore I Step Forward: Many have undertaken to edify those around them through blogs and books, giving an account of the truths that set them free with the hope they will serve to point others to freedom as well.  With this in mind, since I myself find the greatest joy and freedom in my time with Christ and through truths he reveals, I too decided to write for you, most excellent readers, so that you may know this great joy and freedom, build on it and find new joys and new freedoms in your own time with Christ.

Lie #2:  You sound like an arrogant idiot to name your blog after yourself.  I mean, really?  Who do you think you are?  Amy Burgin is nobody special!

Truth:  I kept a private blog since 2009 named “Grace Upon Me” as a record of my spiritual journey.   When I brought the idea of writing out into the light, I joined Hope*Writers, an online group that guides folks to be the kind of writer I want to be.  The coaches explained that I needed to start a blog and call it amyburgin.com. Even though it sounded strange and scary, I’m good at obeying trusted authorities in my life. When I tossed out a question about how to name my blog and the “dad” of Hope*Writers replied with a simple comment, “BTW amyburgin.com is available :),” I immediately bought the domain name and went to work creating this space.

Although I was compelled to action by “dad’s” trusted authority and ignored that accusatory voice, it kept repeating its case and wearing me down, “Really?  amyburgin.com is so dumb.  I mean, it makes sense for Sally Lloyd-Jones, but Amy Burgin?  Good grief!”

One day, when reviewing the list of books that comprise the Bible, I got instant freedom from that accusatory voice!  I noticed that approximately 25 out of 66 books were named after their author!

We have Isaiah, Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Joel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi in the Old Testament!

In the New Testament, we see Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and maybe James, also named after their author!

Y’ALL!  Hands down, I love, love, love the books of the Bible and their authors.  These guys and their books are my favorites, so even though I am no great published author, I have NO shame in imitating my favorites!

Therefore  I Step Forward:  Naming a blog after myself?  YES!   amyburgin.com IT IS!

Lie #3:  You shouldn’t write because you don’t have the background for it. You’re no spiritual giant.  You don’t come from a line of authors.

Truth:  When some guy tried to bully Amos into shutting up, Amos replied in Amos 7:14, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.  But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, …'”

Therefore I Step Forward:  I don’t have a degree in English, nor am I the daughter of an author, but I have a degree in Math/Computer Science and am a software engineer.  I also take care of my children and husband as a homemaker.  But the Lord invites me to write, and I will not despise his invitation!

Lie #4: You’ve said a lot of dumb and wrong things in your life, and you’ll just say more dumb and wrong things.  Shut up and be quiet.

Truth:  Yes, I have, and my heart heaves and tries to bury itself in my stomach at the thought of those things.  Yes, I likely will again. But, Jesus won’t leave me in wrong-thinking. He’s good to correct me.

Therefore I Step Forward:  Did I write something dumb or wrong? Tell the Teacher.  We don’t have to worry. He’ll take care of it.

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