We Each Have a Part to Play

I recently read an article marking the anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death in November 1963. Many mourned his passing. But for his part, he was ready to go. During his final days he made the following memorable declaration: “I have done all I wanted to do, and I’m ready to go.” What a blessed state to live, and die, in!

Reading this really struck home with me, because I’ve been thinking along this line for a while. My fall down our stairs last May created much time and space for reflection and heart searching. It helped me realize more than ever how important it is to spend this life well. Not just live it, in the sense of existing or doing what’s necessary to get by. But to spend it well, investing in something of greater value.

Doing our part

In Lewis’ book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, four children get evacuated from London during WW2. Upon their arrival at a large old country house, the grumpy housekeeper greets them. And in the BBC film version she instructs them to leave their suitcases in the hallway. “The servants will take these,” she tells them. “That is their function. One must not deprive people of their function. Everyone has their part to play.”

We all have a part to play. I do, and so do you.

You have a unique story and a special part to play. God takes your past and from it creates your unique voice and ministry. No one else can share Christ in quite the same way.

Blogging plays a part of this for me. Even in childhood I wrote stories, eager to share them with others. Yet I have always struggled with writing, particularly blogging, plagued by many fears.

  • Who am I to think I can write, when I’m not even a real writer?
  • Who would ever care to read my ramblings?
  • What if, by sharing, I just bother people?
  • What if people think I’m just trying to show off or be a know-it-all?

The enemy of our soul continually tries to convince us that we are unworthy, unable, and will never measure up. Listening to those lies I’ve wavered in inconsistency, burying my talent in the ground. Fearing to be known, attempting to hide in anonymity by makeing multiple changes to my blog.

But we are called to shine our light, not hide it. By following Paul’s instructions to put on all of God’s armor, we can fight against the enemy’s lies, march forward, and stand firm in our place. Fully prepared to fill our role and function, and be a blessing to others. And writing is a valuable tool for this.

So I have made a final name change, determined to stop running and hiding my talent behind constant and confusing changes. My blog is now Signora Sheila (signorasheila.com) because that has already become my blogging idenity. An identity I will no longer try to hide. A role I will no longer try to deny. The true definition of a writer is someone who writes, even if never getting published. Even if no one else ever reads their words.

Struggling with our role

Do you struggle with your role as a write, always feeling inadequate? Do you let others, or even the enemy’s lies, define you? Take heart in knowing that a writer is just someone who writes. And write, knowing that God has a purpose in any task he assigns us. Put your writing lamp on a lampstand, and let your light shine wide and far!

Image by sopwithxxiii1918

You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Matthew 5:14 NLT

At life’s end, I want to be able to repeat Lewis’ words, “I have done all I wanted to do, and I’m ready to go.” And better yet to say, “I have done all God wanted me to do.” May the Lord help us to be faithful so that in the end we will all hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We will have spent our life well, choosing to flourish and thrive – and encouraging others to prosper too.

10 thoughts on “We Each Have a Part to Play

  1. I had this conversation with the Lord this year… So many bloggers already saying what needs said, so what difference do I make? But what I heard Him answer is that no one says it in the way I do, and someone out there will connect with the way I say it. Even if it is only one person, it is time we’ll spent when we make a difference.

    Where I am moving, I will not have internet in my home for awhile. I’m interested to learn what the new plan will be. ❤️
    God bless you. 🙏

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    1. I’ve often thought that, my friend. There’s already so much out there. But how true that no one else says it in the same way. And even if it only reaches one, that is enough! I didn’t know you were moving, but will be praying that the Lord will help everything go smoothly. Moves can be so stressful! Keep us updated!

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  2. I agree with Pastor Pete above: your writing includes many wonderful insights! And I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you here in the blogosphere. I always look forward to seeing your name in my inbox! / Thank you also for your encouragement to writers, Sheila. Like you, I’ve wondered from time-to-time if blogging is the best use of my time. This quote from Tim Challies offered encouragement and fresh perspective during one of those times: “Be content to be a plodding blogger and trust that God is glorifying Himself and blessing His people through your faithfulness.” May those words be a wind-in-your-sails kind of statement as it was to me!

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    1. How I have enjoyed getting to know you too, my friend! I find to many rich insights in your writing, and I would miss hearing from you. I love the quote from Tim Challies – so good!! And yes, wind in my sails!! Let’s just keep plodding!!

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  3. I fully understand your fears concerning writing–those lies plague my mind like nasty whispers of ugliness. But I love how you look at what Lewis said at the end–and your slight change about doing all that God wants us to do. Recognition this side of heaven is smoke in the wind. Recognition from our Lord as in “well done, good and faithful servant” is true gold. Thanks, Sheila.

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    1. Thanks my friend, it’s good to know I’m not alone in my fears. I love your description of earthly recognition: smoke in the wind. So true, I’d much rather work toward hearing God’s “well done.” If he’s pleased, that’s all that really matters!

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    1. No Kathie, you are not alone on this. I’m learning that other fellow bloggers struggle with these things too. I appreciate your writing to, my firend. So let’s both of us never stop until the Lord lets us know we should!

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  4. Nothing wrong with Signora Sheila. I suspect that Italian, like Portuguese uses it as a term of respect. After I turned sixty, everyone started their conversations with me by saying, “O Senhor”. That respect is well earned and your writing as well as photography is both refreshingly honest and insightful. Thanks for all the great stories and whether you have Thanksgiving there or not, I wish you and your husband a blessed day.

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    1. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours too, Pete! Yes, Signora is used as a term of respect, or in more formal settings. Now that I think of it, people really only referred to me that way as I got older. Guess it’s the gray hair! Thank you for your encouraging words. I do try to be “real” as well as encouraging in my writing. But most of the photos are done by my hubby. He has a great eye, and a great love for photography!

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