“This is how I write.”
From what I understand, Paul’s writing was clunky and awkward with age, crippled hands, near-blindness by the time he wrote this. But also, by the time he wrote this, he was experienced with writing.
Paul was a learned man, intelligent, astute, particularly adept at debate. Known as Saul, from Tarsus, Turkey, he’d studied in Jerusalem at the feet of Gamaliel, a revered Hellenistic rabbi. He learned law and tradition, the rules and regulations imposed upon his fellow Jews by Pharisees and elders for centuries. He’d studied the prophets, but not with the necessary discernment to recognize the times.
The Lord Himself called him to a higher understanding and sent him to Ananias for a refinement of his education. Paul held ingrained attitudes and preconceived notions which he needed to shun, and he had so much more to learn. But by the time he penned these words, he’d been honed to a fine edge. “This is how I write,” he said. “It’s the distinguishing mark in all my letters.”
His letters are marked by a clunky handwriting, not by a faulty content.
Lesson #1: Before we can proudly claim, “This is how I write,” maybe we’d better study writing. We don’t want the distinguishing mark in our works to be content which is poorly presented. If we’ve been called to write, or we dedicate our writing to Him, we need to offer our best, and we’ll never know what our best is until we invest the time to learn.
Lesson #2: We should allow God to reeducate us to what He wants of us as authors so that the distinguishing mark in our works is the glory it brings to Him.