5 Reasons I Write by Travis Sharpe

In the past couple of years I have grown to love writing.

 

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If you knew me as a teenager and a young adult you would know just how ironic that statement really is.

I was a horrible student who slept through some of my classes and never really paid attention to the teachers. I just wanted to get through school so I could get on with the rest of my life.

I wish I had realized back then that my schooling was preparing me for the rest of my life, but I didn’t.

When I graduated from high school I promised myself that I would never again torture myself with things such as reading, writing or classrooms.

God must have been laughing at my thoughts the entire time because my entire attitude changed in the summer of 1994. I graduated in May and the Lord saved me in August.

Just a few months after I got saved, I surrendered to the calling to be a preacher. Then something horrible happened, God asked me to go to Bible College!

At first I thought it was cruel and unusual punishment, but I quickly began to enjoy my studies. I even, after a few years, came to enjoy reading. And now, writing.

I thought I’d share with you the top 5 reasons that I write. Here they are in no particular order.

1. To inspire

One of the things I feel God has called me to do is to help other people reach the homeless and poor of our world with the gospel.

For me, it is a calling not only to minister myself, but to help others minister. I have learned that one of the best ways to accomplish that calling is to simply share what God has given me and try my best to be an inspiration.

I don’t want to toot my own horn or draw attention to myself, but I do hope and pray that what God does with my life might be an inspiration to someone else.

I know that there have been some people who have inspired me. Some of them will never even know who I am, but they were an inspiration. I want to be that for someone.

2. To educate

I have been ministering to the homeless in one form or another since 1996. I certainly have a lot to learn, but I have certainly learned a lot.

I love to share my experiences with others in an attempt to educate the body of Christ about the problem of homelessness and poverty.

I cannot tell you how many times someone has approached me after a presentation or a sermon and told me that they simply had no idea that homelessness was such a problem.

Time after time I have had the opportunity to take people (in their own city) into the woods, under bridges, into alleys and other places and show them first hand the “hidden” people that have been there all along.

I feel like every time someones eyes are opened, I have been successful. I want people to see and understand so that they will hopefully take action.

3. To process

I can remember when I first started going to church. I overheard some ladies talking about journaling and writing out their prayers.

Secretly, I thought to myself that these ladies were nuts! I wandered why they would torture themselves with that effort. Why did they write things out? I mean, there was no teacher making them do it.

I have learned to be careful about what I criticize and laugh at because God has a way of turning the tables!

I see a lot of things these days. Just yesterday we were talking to a 15 year old girl who is homeless and lives on the streets with about six other kids. She told us that she had a baby last year.

She was raped by a sixty year old man.

This girl’s life is a mess. She takes drugs to deal with the hurt and pain. I’m not sure I blame her either.

Last week we met a little boy who is 8 years old. He is a handsome young man, but he sleeps on a dirty sidewalk each night. He has a house and a mom but he doesn’t go there much.

I could go on and on telling you heartbreaking stories of tragedy, injustice, and sin.

For me, writing is a way to process my feelings. It is an outlet. It’s like a pressure release valve.

Sometimes, I don’t know what I believe about something until I sit down and write about it. Writing has a way of revealing what is in your heart. No wonder the Lord gave us his written word!

4. To inform

Nowadays, there are many great things happening in our life and ministry. The days of missionary prayer letters are not over, but there’s way too much to fit into a bi-monthly letter.

Writing and publishing to my blog is the very best way I have found to inform our family, friends, supporters and prayer warriors.

I have a twice a week schedule that keeps me on track and hopefully keeps those who are interested well informed.

I want to stop right here and take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you who are reading this. Your involvement inspires me!

I have learned that people want to give. People want to help. And it is my job to inform them and tell them how they can. I haven’t always done a good job at that because it sometimes feels self-serving.

But as I have matured, I have realized that the voiceless need a voice. The hurting need help. The unlovable need love. God has given me a platform to inform people of real needs and real opportunities and I intend to be faithful to that platform.

5. To glorify

If there was a number one reason that I write, it would be to bring glory to God.

In everything I do, bringing glory to God is the ultimate goal.

Anything that fails to ultimately glorify God is simply not worth doing. I know I fail at that goal every day but it is my goal, it is my hearts desire.

If one person gets inspired to go tell someone about Jesus, it’s all worth it. If one church starts an outreach to the homeless, if one family begins to pray for the hurting, it’s all worth it. If one sinner gets saved, it’s all worth it.

My prayer is that God gets the glory and my writing can magnify his grace in the lives of those who desperately need him.

 

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