This was the title of a friend’s recent blog posting as she pondered her identity as a writer. She had interviewed the author of Reconciliation Blues who recommended that all writers have a mission statement, a sense of purpose. Then she asked the readers of her blog, “So, tell me. In your profession, who are you?”

Her question really hit me. Lately I’ve felt like any writing I do is sort of hit and miss — like I could really go in any direction. But that’s not the way I want it to be.

For me, writing is a way I make sense of things, particularly the way I wrestle with who God is and what He is doing in my life. And when I’m writing, I feel most like the person God created me to be. It ushers me into his presence and gives me a real sense of his blessing. Even when it’s hard.

That’s when I thought of the phrase “wide open spaces” that I have been encountering throughout my Bible reading. Wide open spaces to the Israelites were real tracks of land that God used to remind them He was with them. In the New Testament, wide open spaces were more symbolic of God’s grace.

When I write, I feel like I’m in the wide open spaces God made just for me, where He can show me again and again who He is.

I’m praying this new sense of focus in my blog and on my website serve as a constant reminder to me of what I’m really doing when I sit down to write.

And I hope they help you find your own wide open spaces.


Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.

  • Charity Singleton ,

    Here’s what I had posted on my friend’s site, in answer to her question, “Who are you?”

    “I see myself as a bulldozer, pushing away clutter and creating wide open spaces for vibrant thought and discussion.”

    I bulldozer is not very feminine though. I kind of wish I had said a “dust cloth” or a “vacuum cleaner.” You know, something more domestic.

    • Maurice Broaddus ,

      i think i have yet to come up with an identity (and my blog reflects that).

      but my mission? to be a writer.

      • Charity Singleton ,

        I am thankful that “who I am” can be so fluid and so broad.

        I also am thankful that when I forget who I am friends call me back to embrace it anew, confirming it through their graciousness and kindness.

        • L.L. Barkat ,

          I find this to be a fascinating development… Do you remember a few months ago when we discussed that you have an “open”, inviting writing style? And that you might consider embracing this as a gift, as who you are as a writer?

          So glad to find you putting your arms around this. And, the energy in your writing is also coming through… from your new title, to your subtitle, right down to your posts. Can’t wait to see what the future brings!

          • Byron K. Borger ,

            I was really struck by that quote, too, from the seedlings blog. Thanks for your good quote, and your good work–on paper, and with the good Earth. It is very heartening.

            in peace,