Sunday, October 12, 2014

"A Step in the Write Direction"--October 13, 2014--How You Influence Others Without Knowing It

A Step in the Write Direction
October 13, 2014

Update: We attended the memorial service Saturday of a man from our church, thinking there wouldn’t be very many there. Although he had attended our church for 16 years and never missed a service (wearing his motorcycle jacket), and I saw his name every week on the prayer chain, I had never taken the time to get to know him because he was a little “odd” as one person put it. (I found out during the eulogy that this was due to a traumatic brain injury when he was in his early twenties.) Imagine my surprise to see the sanctuary almost completely filled, including three or four rows of CMA members (Christian Motorcyclists Association). Several paid tribute to his life, his dependability—even walking 9 miles one day to work when his cycle broke down, and especially his knowledge of the Bible. “I wouldn’t argue the Bible with him; he knew more than I did,” one man said. And even the pastor remarked that Stephen often corrected him when he made a mistake. I left the service with regret, sorry that I hadn’t taken the time to get to know him better. It was truly my loss!

 Thought for the Day: Remember, we usually can't choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it. Make yours a beautiful memory (Anonymous; taken from Wes Tracy’s “Manna Morsels”).

Song for the Day:
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
            —Stuart Townend, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us”

Laugh for the Day:
A woman  traveling by train was talking with her seatmate.  "I've been to San Jo-say," she said. 

"You pronounce that wrong," he told her.  "It is San Ho-say.  In California you pronounce all J's as H's.  When were you there?" 

The lady hesitated, then said, "In Hune and Huly."

Writer’s Tips: (from unpublished writer’s devotional book)

The Other Side of the Fence
Let us not be weary in doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap . . . if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

Sometimes we wonder if our writing helps anyone. We pour out our hearts in a book, an article, or a poem, but unless readers respond, we don’t know what effect—if any—our words have had.

A young woman who loved flowers set out a rare vine beside her back fence. Day after day she cultivated it, but it did not bloom. One morning an invalid neighbor, whose back lot adjoined the young woman’s, called her saying, “You can’t imagine how much I enjoy the blossoms of the vine you planted.”

Walking around to the neighbor’s backyard, the mass of luxurious flowers on the other side of the fence amazed the young woman. They were blooming—but she could not see them from her own yard!

A friend received a call from her sister who said, “I had a nice visit with you last night.” She had taken her husband to the hospital for emergency surgery. “While I sat in the waiting room,” she said, “I picked up a magazine and read one of your poems about Christ riding through the storm with us. Those words encouraged me until my husband came through the surgery with no complications.” My friend told me, “Little did I know when I wrote that poem while I was going through a trial years before, that one day it would help my sister 2,000 miles away.”

We may never know how many people our writing has touched until we get to
heaven. This is illustrated by a song titled “Faces” by Rodney Griffin in which he didn’t think he had done anything that would last eternally. But when he got to heaven, God told him to turn around and “Then He showed me the faces of the ones who’d come because of me.”

Can you remember a time you were tempted to quit because you didn’t see any results?
How can you encourage a fellow writer experiencing a discouraging season?

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

Donna Clark Goodrich

"A Step in the Write Direction--the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers"
"The Freedom of Letting Go"
"Preparing Your Heart for Christmas--31 Advent Devotions"
"The Little Book of Big Laughs"--105 pages of clean jokes

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