One of the gifts I used to appreciate a lot is stationery. I loved collecting pens and even till this present moment, I have a collection of pens which I use at intervals to do various things like filing forms, signing checks or writing quick letters or notes.
The emergence of computers have to a large extent impacted on the writing skills of many, especially children, who are being introduced to computers early in the lives. They grow up to type on the keyboard rather than hold a pen in their hands to write words. The implication of this is that many of these children grow up without the ability to write legibly.
Over the ages, writing of words has been a very important and significant part of human existence. In the Holy scriptures, any time God wanted to pass something very important across to the children of Israel, He would give an instruction for it to be written. In Exodus 24, God gave specific instructions and regulations to the children of Israel and these were written down by Moses. (Verse 4) After this, God handed over to Moses two stone tablets which God Himself had inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
Ever since I was in school, I have always loved to write. A few years ago while we were moving, my wife saw some diaries which were over 20 years old. They contained journals which I had kept and I was amazed at some of the things I wrote down. As I read through them, I was taken back 20 years or more. I couldn’t help feeling emotional, wondering about how most of my expectations and desires which I wrote down, had actually happened in my life without my realising it.
There is a reason why words are written down. A country’s constitution is written so that there can be a document that serves as reference point for the people of that nation, especially when points of law are being disputed. Scripture was written for a purpose. “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16.
When John the Apostle was on the Isle of Patmos, he saw a vision and was instructed to write everything he saw. His writing was what became the book of Revelation.
“Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:11)
What dreams do you have right now as you read this? What vision are you harbouring in the depths of your heart right now? Write it down!
There is something about writing that activates and sets events in motion. I know these days we have smart phones, tablets and computers which is good. What I have discovered though is that there is something personal when you write things down in your own writing. Its like your thoughts flowing through your fingers as you write. It does not matter how long you wrote something, there will always be something personal and emotional about it when next you come across it, the same way I felt when I saw my journals written decades ago.
In any case, no matter what medium you choose, make sure you write down your thoughts, plans and dreams for the future. It gives you a reference point and something to keep you focused as you press towards your God-given dream.
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves as a Worship Leader as well as Home Group Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the founder of the BiblepraiseFellowship Online Ministry and Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org