You Should Write To Remember
Over the last years, I have come to the belief that everyone should write, or in some form, capture the story.
Not for a book deal, though we will celebrate that if it happens, but to release a future and a hope. It’s a reminder of where you have been and how good God was while you were there, even in the hard times—especially in the hard times.
But it’s also about establishing a promise regarding where we are going. It’s about destiny and legacy, about love, about remembering so we can know breakthrough, and breaking through so our kids can remember.
I once heard a message from a pastor hero of mine, Kris Vallotton, that captured why we should all write…
At the age of eighteen having already been a King for more than half his life, Josiah sent his man, Azaliah, along with a cleanup crew into the temple to tidy the place up. Israel was at this point a pagan nation. They had fallen away from God and for several hundred years, they had served other Gods and the temple had fallen into disarray.
Soon after that Azaliah came to King Josiah with a discovery. “King Josiah, while we were cleaning up we found a book. And it appears to be the book!” (Paraphrase 2 Kings 22-23)
Three hundred and twenty years before King Josiah found the book there was a prophet by the name of Jeroboam. Jeroboam prophesied to the nation of Israel about a coming King who would destroy the evil altars that Israel had set up. This King would radically restore the nation back to God. He even prophesied this King’s name.
“He cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD : “O altar, altar! This is what the LORD says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who now make offerings here…”(1 Kings 13:2)
When Josiah’s clean up crew found the book, Josiah gathered his court and had it read aloud in its entirety. Can you imagine what happened in Josiah’s heart when he heard his name mentioned? Can you imagine what kind of impact that had on him?
If you don’t know the story of King Josiah, he went on from this discovery to completely destroy every trace of evil upon the land. He was zealous in his pursuit of the promise he received nearly 400 years earlier. He was intent upon fulfilling what God gave him to do. 2 Kings 23:25 says “Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength…”
I write to capture the story for my kids, and their kids, and their kids’ kids. I want to write them a legacy of the goodness of God. I want to record for them a story about the love of our Father. I want to build them a foundation upon which they can know love and in turn love. I want to write prophetically in the timeless voice of our heavenly Father speaking into their lives: “You have a great destiny, a holy purpose, and greater works shall you do!” I write so they will become sure and radically live and expand our Father’s Kingdom.
I write to empower destiny and leave a legacy of love. It’s about becoming
Like the apostle and writer John, I am discovering that the world can’t contain the books of His always-good love. But I plan on spending my life trying to write them…
I encourage you to do the same, not for a book deal, though we will all celebrate if that happens, but to empower destiny and expand His Kingdom.
Write on, friends.
Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.
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