Has a scripture verse ever grabbed hold of you and become inscribed on your heart? Habakkuk 2:2 is such a verse for me.“Write the vision, make it plain so those who read it can run with it.”1
As a writer, it has been my life verse for years. It describes what I have always felt was my mission. Perhaps, it is yours as well.
Write has been my verb. I’m one of those crazy people who loved essay questions in school. I could always ace an essay question even if I just had a modicum of knowledge on the topic. It’s the only way I got through Western Civ in college.
Like James Michener, “I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.” If you have the ability to write, you have a timeless gift.
God told Habakkuk to write the vision. It really wasn’t a vision as we understand visions. It wasn’t a picture, which usually what we think a vision would be.
In this passage, the vision was actually a vivid message from God to the prophet.2 What it means to me is to write whatever message God is sharing with you.
The biggest message in my life has come out of the biggest mess I made, that of gaining weight up to 430 pounds, and then how God empowered me to become healthy, losing now 260 pounds.
It will be something only you can share. It will emanate from your life.
Make it Plain
Nothing is plainer than a story. So write your message in ordinary, everyday language that people can understand.
Most of Jesus’ teaching was in story form. Some parables puzzled people. Making people think is making the message plain. Even with Jesus’ stories, when the meaning is revealed, the “aha” light is turned on in the listener and suddenly they see things clearly.
Showing through story is one of the most powerful ways to engage people with the message. Telling them is boring. They won’t remember telling. They will remember showing.
Writing a book, article or blog post takes time. Although I enjoy writing, I do write to be read by people. I also write for legacy. In other words, I write so that years from now my heirs might read what I’ve written and get insights that help them on their journey.
God told Habakkuk to write so people will read it. It’s the reason books and written words have lasted from those chiseled in tablets to those disseminated across the internet.
I doubt Moses thought the 10 Commandments cut into stone tablets would one day be read by anyone, anywhere in the world even all at the same time. We can type a few words into the search function of Google and come up with those words in a matter of seconds. God wanted them written and saved in the arc of the covenant so generations to come could read them.
What does it mean to run with words? It’s sort of akin to something going viral today. It’s a word or words that catch hold and spread like wildfire.
When I wrote Sweet Grace in 2013, my first goal was to have 50 reviews on Amazon. We passed that quickly, so I upped my goal to 100. Today we have 120 and counting. Next goal, 200.
God knows that word-of-mouth is the best way to spread the good news. It’s a means He has used successfully since the beginning of time.
I purchased the domain name, writethevision.net back in 2002. I purchased it for 20 years. I had a long distance vision. At the time, 20 years seemed like forever
Today, Write the Vision is the name of my publishing company and the name I’m using to define Write the Vision Coaching. The reasons are obvious. I had no idea I would utilize that domain name in those ways.
Write the vision is a command God gave me years ago. It wasn’t a casual suggestion or a just a good idea. It is what I do. It is my life purpose.
Write the Vision Coaching
“You should write a book” will inevitably come out of my mouth in casual conversation with just about anyone. I am always coaching people on how to do this. It flows out of me before I can stop it. So, it came as no surprise that I felt God was leading me towards writing coaching.
August 1, I formed Write the Vision coaching to help potential authors, like you, write their book. Believe me the first one is the hardest. After that, the process becomes easier.
The standard answer I get from those I talk to who have a desire to write, but have been holding back is, “I’m not a good writer.” That’s OK because I can teach writing. I can give you tips on how to write, organize and share your story. I can edit. I can ghostwrite. I just can’t tell your story like you can. It’s the story that matters.
All It Takes Is Six Months
Work with me for six months in this unique closed Facebook group and we’ll determine the best way to get your story out there.
I’ve extended the deadline to Aug. 31, 2015. That will be the final call. After that the group will be closed for six months while ordinary people become authors. This first group will be the lowest price point. I realize the crazy investment of time this will take. So subsequent groups will be higher.
Get it now. Go HERE to get all the details about the group and to sign up.
I can’t wait to read your book.
2Habakkuk 2:4- 4