9.03.2011

Missionary Positions: How a writer does it.

Kindred spirit is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my blog friend, Tamara Lunardo.  I'm so excited to kick off Missionary Positions with her beautiful words and general awesomeness. When you read this, you'll immediately see why I like her so much. Enjoy!

I'm a Writer, Not a Quilt

I've been writing my blog for about a year and a half, and, maybe because I try to be candid on it, people often let me know how it affects them, and I love that-- mostly.

The comments and emails that tell me my writing makes people feel not alone, makes them think, makes them laugh-- those are notes are grace to me, they are treasures. But once in a while someone feels so free, so emboldened (and that's wonderful, but not) to let me know how uncomfortable I make them.

And I can only say this: My job isn't to make you comfortable; I'm a writer, not a quilt.

My job is to write out redemption.

Sometimes this does bring comfort-- not so that you will be comfortable, but so that you will know the Comforter. But often, I think the ways I'm most gifted to write out redemption are in pointing out how much of life is funny and, sometimes, in pointing out what fucks it up.

That might not be very comfortable, but it is truth.

And it's okay with me that not everyone loves that. Because I think God does. I think He made us to reflect His beautiful image-- as creators and healers, as teachers and nurturers, as protectors and providers.

I think He gifted us each to work out redemption in our own very tiny, very important way.

For me, that's writing openly about my life and faith so that others might be encouraged in their own. When I write about sex one day and Jesus the next, a set of people may be freaked out on day one, and a whole other set may be freaked out on day two. But to me, real life and real faith are inseparable; to try to separate them would be to diminish them both.

So if my writing about real life and real faith causes some discomfort, I can deal with that. And when it inspires rejection or hate mail, I can deal with that too (although I really don't love it, just so we're clear). Because I've learned that the most uncomfortable, the most raw, the most real moments in my life are where God has shown up.

I've learned that God dwells only in reality, and He has handcrafted me to write exactly there. He made me a writer, not a quilt. And my job is to write out redemption.

What's your job? You can tell me your profession if you want, but what I really want to know is how God has gifted you to work out redemption.

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Want more from Tamara? Check out her blog, Tamara Out Loud, or you can track her down on the Twitter