Why bother writing a book? Why does any one need another book? The world is full of books. There have been too many books, most of them never should have been published. Everything has been said already. And why does the world need another painting, another song, another band, another blog or a poem, another work of art, a painting, a documentary? There is enough of it all to satisfy anyone.

The world doesn’t need another artist or even another doctor or teacher, surely there are enough by now. Newspapers, pieces of furniture, it all ends up in the trash soon, the bargain bin, forgotten. Why does the world need another church service, another church plant, another prayer meeting, another intentional community of believers? Why bother praying? Why bother fasting? Why bother sitting in silence and waiting, why bother making meals or cleaning your house, why bother reading?

Why bother being kind? Why bother responding to criticism with good faith? Why bother loving your enemies, that’s the quickest way to be taken advantage of! Call them all haters, name their names, expose their weaknesses, hold them up to public ridicule and laugh at them – they deserve it.

Gracious, giving money away is useless, what difference does sending your bit of money every month really make for the big picture anyway, sure maybe one kid, but what’s one kid in a world?

Besides does anyone need another kid? the world is full, there are too many of us, and kids, man, they are expensive, they use up precious resources. We don’t exactly need more families, surely what we have is sufficient, why bother with communities and neighbourhoods? Why bother creating, why bother making, why bother working, why bother sowing seeds of peace and goodness and love? The crows will come and eat every seed, the weeds will choke out the good plants, the soil is too rocky. Vanity, vanity, all is vanity, surely this is true.

Do it anyway.

Confuse them all by creating, by making, by building, by loving, by writing, by having babies, by being kind, by responding in love, by doing the daily work of life with joy. Refuse to be another voice of critical judgement, fill your mouth with good nouns and faithful verbs, tell a better story.

Baffle them with your ferocious gentleness, with your life-giving, with your prayer, and your wonder. The world does not have enough because your part isn’t here yet, and if anything matters, everything matters, you matter, your book, your song, your art, your family, your faith, your hunger for justice, your voice, your peace making, your loving, your kindness, your battle to forgive, your hands, your feet, your mind, your life, matters.

Ireneus wrote that the glory of God is man fully alive, and we all need you to be fully alive for your life. It will matter in the world, more than you can imagine or dream perhaps, a ripple effect going on and on, touching the other shore, but it will also matter because you matter. You bear the image of God.

So stop asking whether or not anyone wants it or needs it, and simply do it because you were made to do it, because it makes you fully alive to do it, because you are working out what God has already worked in, because it matters, because you are called to the ministry of reconciliation, because the seeds might just catch and someday, perhaps, you’ll sit by the banks of river under the spreading branches of a tree of righteousness.

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(that lovely iPhone wallpaper is courtesy of my dear friend, JJ at The Blah Blah Blahger )

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In which I'm into some things (June 2013 edition)
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  • jennieallen

    Yes friend. Love you so. You do this beautifully.

  • Something our mutual friend Emily Freeman once said, that I love: “It may have already been said, but it wasn’t said by YOU. The world needs your voice to say it.”

  • yes. thank you. this.

  • Reading this felt like standing in the rain on a summer day, arms wide open. Refreshing, blessed, a tangible feeling that God loves me. Thank you, Sarah.

  • Marilyn Gardner

    Oh a resounding Amen. How I needed this.

  • Jada

    This post, it’s a gift to me, especially these words:

    “So stop asking whether or not anyone wants it or needs it, and simply do it because you were made to do it, because it makes you fully alive to do it, because you are working out what God has already worked in, because it matters, because you are called to the ministry of reconciliation, because the seeds might just catch and someday, perhaps, you’ll sit by the banks of river under the spreading branches of a tree of righteousness.”

    Thank you, my friend!

  • A good word for me today. Thank you, Sara

  • KristenStrong

    Just beautiful, gloriously beautiful.

    How very like you, Sarah. xo

  • You Betta PREACH IT chile!

  • Lindsay

    I needed to read this, to hear this today. You breathe and speak freedom so well, Sarah. Thank you.

  • You don’t even know me! How did you know exactly what I needed to hear?

  • Yes, yes, yes! Love these words. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • KimberlyCoyle

    Thank you, Sarah. I’m drinking these words in tonight.

  • Yes, and amen. Needed this today, thank you friend.

  • Oh, yes. YES.

    And now I dream of forests, of many trees of righteousness, all deep-rooted in Christ. Thank you for this.

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  • Tinika Nicole

    Very Beautiful. Very Encouraging. Glad you “did this”. Blessed me greatly today!

  • amyepatton72

    Thank you so much. This post was an answer to prayer and a cure for my discouragement. The person I am closest to told me tonight he doesn’t get why people blog. He really does think it is just graffiti on a computer screen. I respect him, he is a wise man. So, I was open and listened and began to wonder- Am I just producing graffiti? Graffiti is art of course, but how many people want it scrawled across the landscape? Anyways, your words- DO IT ANYWAYS and the reminder that the glory of God is ME fully alive was a sweet balm. I am fully alive when I write. Sharing my words with others on my blog allows the glory of God to shine beyond my doorstep. Thank you again. Amy

  • Dr. Kim Eckert

    so beautiful. “we all need you to be fully alive for your life. It will matter in the world, more than you can imagine or dream perhaps.” it’s such a challenge to remember this. it’s so what I needed to hear tonight, and a message of gentleness and truth I hope to offer to those in my care tomorrow. bless you, Sarah.

  • tammy

    love it. stop asking why. stop wondering how. just do. no, not do. be. be holy. be kind. be loving. be true. be whole. thank you for being.

  • meburrows

    your blog today reminds me of a verse Never give up doing the right thing/ don’t be discouraged but continue & persevere ‘..be not weary in well-doing..’

  • Thank you for inspiring me again to keep writing my book. You write so beautifully and poetically, thank you for continuing to share your gift with us.

  • Holly Solomon Barrett

    Simply do it because you were made to do it. Yes!

  • Lindsey

    This inspired me to just write (though I wasn’t unsure if the world would read.) And to post another picture of the sunset just because they sing to my soul like nothing else.

  • Saskia Wishart

    I can’t tell you how timely this piece is Sarah! I literally sat in our staff meeting today and we all just breathed sighs of discouragement over the why’s. Why fight for justice when you feel like cycles of oppression continue despite your best efforts. Why bother creating or trying or pouring out, when it feels like everyday there is something to tell you its not worth it. This piece is a stunning encouragement. I made the girls on my team read it because, well, we are going to keep loving anyway, as we were made to. For the glory of God if nothing else.

    Even when this whole bloody world feels like a mess.
    Xx

  • pastordt

    well, crap, friend. That first paragraph? Yeah, that’s pretty much me. Why in the heck am I doing this blog stuff – I must be nuts to even think about anything approaching a book. . . not sure I’ll do it anyway, but thanks for the continuing paragraphs which point out what surely should be obvious but too often is not.

  • I needed to hear this. Thank you so much.

  • LindaLLD

    Thank you, this is a lovely message.

  • As a soon to be church planters wife and author contemplating having another baby… I thank you 🙂

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  • And perhaps the world needs it because though it has all been said before and done before, we’re not human if we’re not forgetful. Perhaps we need to hear it again in a new voice singing a different song in a foreign key.
    Because what people need is not to be instructed as much as reminded … yes?
    Strong encouragement, Sarah. Thank you.

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  • Ronne Rock

    For this. Thank you.

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