At beautiful Camp Eden nestled among the pines near Wondervu, Colorado, the fog settled around us, and the fire crackled in the huge fireplace as nearly two dozen authors settled in to hear Kim Woodhouse and her challenging question: “Why do you write?”

She asked this of us several times, nudging us to go deeper. At one point, she asked, “Who are you in Christ?” The point being, how can I be God’s instrument if I don’t identify with His Word? At least, that’s the direction I took that question.

We were told to find a quiet place and journal. I did and decided to look at the “I Am’s” of Christ to find out who “I am” in Christ.

I Am the Messiah (John 4:26) – I am saved
I Am the Bread of Life (John 6:35) – I am nourished
I Am from above (John 8:23) – I am blessed from heaven
I Am the Eternal One (John 8:58) – I am God’s forever
I Am the Light of the World (John 9:5) – I am a witness in the darkness
I Am the Door (John 10:7) The Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6) – I am led
I Am the Son of God ( (John 10:36) – I am loved with a sacrificial gift
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25) – I am redeemed
I Am the Lord and Master (John 13:13) – I am one with authority over evil
I Am the True Vine (John 15:1) – I am a fruit bearer
I Am Alpha & Omega ( Revelation 1:8) – I am complete

I came to the conclusion that knowing my identity in Christ equips me to write His message.

So, to answer, “Why do I write?” – To glorify the I Am, Christ, Who makes it possible for me to be who I am in Him — and to teach others to do the same.

If you attended the ACFW Colorado retreat this year, please share what you learned in the comments.

And thank you, Kim, for your excellent teaching, your gentle spirit, and your glittery feathered two-edged sword. 😉