Monday, August 11, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--August 11, 2014--Accepting Your Mission to Write

A Step in the Write Direction

August 11, 2014

Update: I cannot believe this happened. I forgot to write and send today’s blog!! I was thinking tonight of yesterday’s sermon and how I wanted to include some highlights in the blog when I suddenly said, “Today’s Monday!” “Yeah,” my hubby said. “My blog!! I forgot it!!” So here it is—a day late. But I still want to include the main points of the message on Jesus’ turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. 1) Invite Jesus into the significant events of your life. 2) There’s a time for all of us when the “wine” runs out—our time, money, energy, health. 3) Simple obedience to Christ will bring us through the shortages of life. 4) Whatever Jesus says to you, do it. 5) The water pots were dry and empty. Does our life ever get like that? 6) As He filled the water pots, He fills our life with joy and happiness—up to the brim, and, 7) He saves the best till last! (I hope that was worth waiting an extra day for!)

Thought for the Day:  Count the cost of the conflict. Just because I can win doesn't mean I should win. Some battles simply aren't worth fighting. It takes discernment. In other words, at times I can be right but still be wrong...(Daryl Blank, pastor, Goodlettsville (TN) Church of the Nazarene).

Song for the Day:
What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be.
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?”
            —A.B. Simpson, 1891

Laugh for the Day: The lady was trying to impress those at the party.  "My family's ancestry is very old," she bragged.  "It dates back to the days of King John of England."  Then, turning to a lady sitting quietly in a corner, she asked condescendingly, "And how old is your family, my dear?" “Well," said the woman with a smile, "I really can't say. All our family records were lost in the flood."

Writer’s Tips:            Writer’s Devotional (from unpublished book)

Mission Impossible
With man this is impossible, but with
God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

A popular television series some years ago was entitled “Mission Impossible.” At the beginning, the main character turned on a tape recorder and heard the following words: “Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is _________________. As always, should you or any member … be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds."

To my knowledge, “Jim” never turned down a mission, nor did the secretary ever disavow any knowledge of his actions.

I wish I could say the same for myself when the Lord has offered me a writing assignment. The many trials He brought me through so I could share hope with others. Humorous experiences that would have brought a laugh to someone’s day. A biblical insight that would open God’s Word to a new believer. A how-to article that may have assisted an entrepreneur to begin a new business. A devotional to help get someone’s day off to a good start.

But to me, those were “missions impossible,” and I decided not to accept the assignments.

·         I didn’t want to re-open that part of my life.
·         I thought what was humorous to me might not be funny to an editor or reader.
·         My biblical insight would be “old hat” to other believers, and they would wonder why it took me so long to grasp a simple truth.
·         The how-to article would have to include mistakes I made to eventually reach my goal of running my own business.
·         And the devotionals—well, anyone else could write them better.

But God did not disavow my actions, nor did His tape self-destruct. He continued to offer me the same assignments, until one day I realized that with Him, all things were possible—even the writing projects He invited me to do. And I finally accepted the mission.

What mission is God inviting you to today? Will you accept it?

Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich



  1. Oh, Donna, this is such a good post, even if it was a day late! God has invited me on so many missions over all my many years of living, and I have this wondrous sense that His invitations to "go" will be just as exciting in the eternal as they are now. Like you, I've turned away from His invitations for so many of the same reasons you listed, until I realized that with His help I don't have to do any of them alone. One of His several missions for me lately has been to pray with and for others very specifically. His invitation wasn't hard to accept when I remember to trust the Holy Spirit to speak through me and to go, doubting nothing, (Acts 11:12)
    Thanks for a really thought provoking blog, Donna! ☺ I look forward to others' comments.

  2. Thank you for your comment, Sally. I'm thinking of Moses who, when God called him, he said he was "slow of speech," but look at how God used him to lead His children out of Egypt. Someone has said it's not our ability that counts, but our availability. Thanks again!

  3. I really needed that today. I learn so much from you!