Taking a break from the “Love Thy Readers” series this week while I think through the last installment . . .
Stuart’s injunction to U.S. readers to get out and vote yesterday was timely for me, not because I voted (I am Canadian), but because it ties into the key thought of this post — which is that we, as writers and even as readers, must live if we want to write anything of value or derive real benefit from the things we read.
That probably sounds very obvious. But if you’re like me, withdrawal from the physical world of relationships, exercise, and interaction is a real temptation. I grew up in a world comprised largely of books; I dwelt in imagination. But it wasn’t until God reached me in the real world that I started to write anything worthwhile or even truly artistic, and it wasn’t until I deliberately engaged in relationships, exercise, and interaction with the world off the page that what was on the page began to benefit me in any real way.
God wrote a Book, and that Book has shaped my life and thousands of others, overturned cultures, shaped civilizations. But God also took on flesh much like mine and walked in the same world I walk in. He ate our food, loved our people, and soaked up our sun. And if we want to really live and to really make a difference, we need to engage just as fully.
So yes, go out and vote, go out and talk to someone, go out and run a mile. Live, then write. Live, then read. Soak up God’s glorious creation and fellowship with eternal souls, because this story we live in is the most important of all.