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Hi everyone. Today on the blog, it’s a return to “Five Minute Friday”. I’ve written several ‘Five Minute Friday’ posts before, and when I saw today’s theme, ‘Write’, I knew I had something to share.

The concept is simple: Write for 5 minutes, straight from the heart, on that weeks theme  (given by Lisa-Jo) – and then share it.

No edits, no marinading or reflecting – just write and share. As I’ve always said, if you’re a writer or blogger, it’s well worth doing occasionally – it really challenges and helps you grow as a writer. It’s most definitely helped me and I look forward to it every week.

I hope you like the post, and please do let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Here goes:


You may have guessed this already. But I’m not Mark Zuckerberg. Or Michael Hyatt.

I am a writer. I was created to write. I wasn’t gifted, created or called to be an electronics geek. I’m not savvy in techno language like Mark Zuckerberg. I’m also not a publishing guru, like say Michael Hyatt. Not that these are bad people in themselves at all, to the contrary, I admire and respect them both. But I wasn’t called before the creation of the world to be a computer programmer, a publisher, or even an editor. And neither am I a graphics designer of note. I don’t understand CGI, graphics or design – certainly not how it works.

And you know what, that’s okay.

Because I don’t have to, to be a writer. In order to be me.

I am a writer. Right now. With our without any of those gifts.

So much of what being a writer is nowadays is tied up with design, publishing and being a techno-geek. But I’m pretty sure the best writers in history weren’t all savvy in these areas, of their day. And I don’t remember God ever telling me I had to be good at those things. I’m called to write, to put words on my laptop and share them with the world, so I can use what I’ve been given to bless others. And it’s okay to be just that.

Because it’s okay to be just who we are.

I need help publishing, with graphic design and anything technological or involving computer code – and that’s okay. Yes, they are important, but guess what, they aren’t my calling. If I need them, I’ll get a friend or expert to help me with them. Because that’s what community is all about, that’s what being the body of Christ is all about. It’s not about doing it all ourselves, it’s about doing things together. Working together to create something beautiful, something amazing. If we can do more than one thing, great. But if we can’t, that’s okay too.


And we don’t have to feel guilty for being who we are. Let’s just do what we are called and gifted to do, and do it well – and work with other people, in community, to create something bigger, something amazing, something beyond what we could ever create alone.

I write. I lead. I get insight and understanding. I have loads of ideas for books and posts. I think deeply about the world. That’s my move.

That’s all I need to do, and do it well. I can get others to help me with the rest.

And it’s the same for all of us. That’s the secret of discovering our identity. Being us.

So what does this have to do with Zarusa? Well let me leave you with this story of the great rabbi Zarusa, who I’ve quoted here before:

Zarusa lay upon his deathbed at the end of an extraordinary life – yet he was agitated, and greatly disturbed. When questioned why, he simply said:

“I am afraid, when I get to heaven, God won’t ask me, ‘Why weren’t you more like moses?’ or ‘Why weren’t you more like king david?’ He’ll ask me: 

‘zarusa – why weren’t you more like zarusa?”






This post is part of ’5 Minute Friday’ – today, on the theme “Write”
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Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...

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