Monday, November 18, 2013

Your Footprint by Linda S. Glaz


Authors, what will your footprint look like in one hundred years?
You have been given an opportunity and a calling to tell ‘your story’. What will that story look like? What are you saying that will make a difference in another person’s life? After all, isn’t that the reason for telling the story in the first place?
You don’t necessarily have to write the story of a person who has changed the world: a president, an activist, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela. No, you might simply be telling the story of the girl or boy next door and how they managed to victoriously come through a difficult situation.
Perhaps you’re penning a love story. What impact will that have on posterity? A young woman contemplating divorce might read about a couple who triumph over betrayal, distrust. And it could be the encouragement she needs to try again to forgive.
You never know who your story will touch. Or how it will touch them.
What impact, what footprint are you leaving behind you? What is your story telling the rest of the world?
The only important thing I hope you’ll take away is to write your best. Never write what someone else wants you to write. Do your best, tell ‘your’ story. And tell it so that when you’re gone, a person might read it and hopefully have it change their life for the better.
Leave a solid footprint. Make an impact. Make a difference.

 

5 comments:

Rick Barry said...

Thanks for this. Today I'll continue to make new footprints. I don't for sure that anyone will follow in my tracks, but at least I will have forged a new trail for anyone who cares to share it with me.

David B. Smith said...

What a great post, Linda. Years ago I wrote a ten-book teen adventure series. Sales were decent - I moved on and put the project out of my mind. Some time after, I was visiting a church on the very furthest tip of Maui (nice assignment) and ran into two kids who had devoured all ten books. They knew the plot lines better than I did, and had clearly been touched by the Christian stories. We just do not know who will follow in the footsteps, as you put it, or how the Lord can magnify our talents.

Davalyn Spencer said...

Amen, Linda. It's all about obedience. Great post.

Karla Akins said...

Well said. I can't imagine writing anything but what is in my heart. I don't know how to do it any other way! I thank God all the time for my agent (YOU) and this wonderful, beautiful opportunity to use the gift of writing for Him. What a pleasure! Great reminder, Linda!

Linda Glaz said...

David, what a blessing that must have been!