Emily Of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery tells the story of an orphaned girl forced to live with her two maiden aunts. Emily has a passion for writing. To her, it's as essential as breathing. I believe my mom gave me this book, when I first developed an interest in writing, hoping I would cultivate a similar attitude toward writing.
As I reread the book this summer, I felt saddened that writing, though enjoyable, has always been a pursuit I could take or leave. I appreciate having the ability, certainly, and accept that I can best serve the Lord through crafting words into sentences and paragraphs. But I just don't share Emily's intrinsic need to write. And my lack of fire somehow makes me feel ashamed.