If someone would ask me how I started writing, I would say that as a kid, I used to write poems. But that was it. I never wrote a single poem again. After that, I only wrote essays for school requirements.
But one time during my senior year in high school, our teacher asked us to write about our school since it will be celebrating its diamond jubilee the next year. Since I love my school very much (and it has treated me very well), I tried to write a creative essay about our school’s history (Yes, I did my research on it) and everything interesting about it. Hoping my essay will be chosen to be posted in our newsletter.
I thought my essay was really good. But it was never posted.
I wonder if it was even read by my teacher, for I was never known as a writer. I was more known as a basketball player back then. So that’s my writing background.
Until one day in college, when I did my homework, which was a reaction paper about our field trip in a farm in Tagaytay, my sister saw my writing (we share one desktop computer back then) and she told me that I’m a talented writer and I should use it. She even made me a letter on that Christmas about it (I still keep it to this day). And I believed her. Because she’s the best writer I know. And that’s the time when I considered about writing as a tool to be used for something greater than school assignments.
But I have no idea what to write.
I was eighteen years old, and it was the turning point in my life. I experienced the love of God in a way that I can’t even explain in words. It was a miracle. A healing miracle. Perhaps I need more time on sharing about it, and I hope to share it with you one of these days. But that experience made me commit to serve God.
From then on, I was actively serving the Lord through our youth charismatic community, the CFC Youth for Christ and now, the CFC Singles for Christ where I learned a lot about myself as well as the lives of other people, their experiences and their stories. That was also the time when I got a grasp of wisdom from people who’ve been there. All of these influenced me to believe that there is something larger than our own lives. And that everyone plays an important role in realizing our purpose. And I told myself, I also want to be used by God through what I can offer.
Fast forward, I decided to use my gift of writing to reach out to people and share God’s love. I’m not the best writer out there but I know I’m making good use of what I have. And my self-discovery, as well as my experience in our community, comes in handy for it is unique. Only I can tell them.
When I think about it now, had I not believed my sister, I wouldn’t have recognized my gift at all. Now, it has become my passion that drives me to fulfill my purpose.
And I will continue to write. For I believe that in every person (including you) blessed through my writings, I’m making a big difference.
In reality, you only need one person who will say, “you have this gift, use it.”
And if you think, that nobody believes in you, you need not wait for that person.
Because someone believes that you CAN BE a good steward of this gift. Because He’s the One who gave it to you. And you know very well who that person is. Yup, it’s God.
And if the Lord believes that He can use you, what else can stop you from believing that you can?
And every time you burn with passion, He’s always rooting for you because He’s your biggest fan.
Friend, you have a gift. Use it.