Since I am a writer–and not only that, a Christian writer at that–I thought it wise to have decided what kind of writer I would be. Since joining online writing clubs for young Christian writers last year, I have started to understand more about the art of writing. I also signed the Story Embers’ Christian Storytellers Manifesto, which inspired me personally to find a verse that would help guide me in this perilous journey. Although I have had countless ideas of what this would be, I settled on one that was given to me many years ago in elementary school by a summer reading challenge.
[…] Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all have been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.Ecclesiastes 12:12~13
I understand, of course, that this seems pretty counteractive. What kind of a writer’s manifesto would say ‘of making many books there is no end’? That sounds like you’re not supposed to be…well, a writer. Like writing books is a bad thing. However, to me, this is one of the best writing advise ever given. I really cannot think of anything more fitting. After Solomon outlines how meaningless everything in this world is, he returns to the point that it is because God is not in the equation. Likely, as I continue to pursue this path of writing, I always wish to keep in my heart these words that without pointing to the ultimate Truth and Beauty, anything I write is meaningless. It is said that about 130 million books have been published in the world so far. If I were to add my voice in them, I hope that I do so not out of meaningless and vain pursuit, but from a humble wish to point readers to Christ and his truths and the beauty of it all.