Our Words Have No Borders

by Michelle Davis

“But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer”

(2 Corinthians 1:6, NASB).

 

Has your life come with many mountaintop experiences and frequent valleys? Mine sure has. In low times I cry out, “Why me Lord?” In these times God reminds me that as the disciples were called to go out and make new disciples throughout the world, so am I.

 

While I lack the skills to drill wells for providing fresh water or time to travel and share the gospels, God has given me the talent to write. From this idea came my big aha moment. The disciples journeyed far in ministry, but they also took the time to record their experiences of their relationship with Jesus. Their words reached far beyond their ability to visit all nations or eras. They impacted people of every continent and generation that followed them. God called them to serve not only as physical missionaries but also as literary missionaries.

 

Our experiences help us to relate with fellow sojourners in this fallen world. As writers, we have the privilege to record not just our struggles but also our hope found in God.

 

As I have journeyed through suffering, I’ve often felt compassion for unbelievers since I cannot fathom how they find hope through the pain. I found great comfort in knowing the Lord remained with me in life’s trials and brought meaning from them. God used my suffering to inspire my writing. Through my words, I can offer hope and rest to an aching world.

 

Where my physical ability and time restraints limit me to reach the prisoner, the addict, or the single mom who works two jobs, my words become literary missionaries, with the ability to impact lives everywhere, even after my death.

 

So let us be encouraged fellow literary missionaries. While we walk on mountains let’s share our joy, and as we suffer through valleys let’s share our hope.

 

Father God, thank you for giving me a gift with words. Help me to share those words and offer joy and hope to others. As I walk through various life experiences, remind me to take note of what you’re teaching me and trusting me with to share, allowing my words to be literary missionaries bringing hope into the world.

 

Michelle Davis is a mother of four who compares her writing to the Japanese art of Kintsugi. By depicting her own imperfections, she takes her readers on an emotional journey, revealing the hidden beauty when God mends the broken pieces of our lives, making us stronger.

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