Monday, October 6, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction, October 6, 2014--The Red Sea Place in Your Life

A Step in the Write Direction
October 6, 2014

Update:  When I was younger, I saw the definition of FAITH as: Forsaking All I Take Him. But I saw another on Facebook recently I like even more: Forwarding All Issues to Heaven….I often say that my husband is a “professional worrier,” and that if worry was an Olympic sport, he’d take home a gold medal….Such a good sermon yesterday: “Remember not the former things…Behold I will do a new thing…I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Today, do you have the Red Sea in front of you and armies behind you—nowhere to go? You’re blocked in? Stand still! He’s still the God who makes a way through the sea!

Thought for the Day: When you can’t see it or feel it, He’s still doing something! (Pastor Ira Brown).

Song for the Day:
Stand still and let God move, 
Standing still is hard to do 
When you feel you have reached the end, 
He'll make a way for you 
Stand still and let God move
                        --Bill & Gloria Gaither

Laugh for the Day:
A man in the deep South was about to jump from a bridge when a passerby saw him and tried to talk him out of it.  "For the sake of your mother, don't do it," the passerby pleaded. …"I don't have a mother."  … "Then think of your father."  … "Don't have a father."  … "Well, then, think of Robert E. Lee."  … "Robert E. Lee.  Who's he?"  … "Never mind, Yankee, go ahead and jump."

Writer’s Tips (from unpublished devotional book for writers):

“I’m O.K., You’re O.K.”

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life
(Galatians 6:4-5 the message).

The first writers group I attended was made up of mostly beginning secular writers. More than a critique group, it was as the old song says, a “mutual admiration society.” No matter how poorly something was written, it received the response “That was great! You should have it published!”

Later I attended another group of professional secular writers. Unlike the first group, these writers were grateful for helpful suggestions to make their work better. They had all sold—and boy! had they sold. You could hear it in every meeting, each one attempting to surpass the other in the number of queries and sales. (Unfortunately, I often hear the same thing at Christian writers’ conferences as each one sitting around a table tries to outdo the others in the amount of sales and contracts.)

Beginning writers are often awed by the successes of those around them—almost to the point that they hesitate to submit anything. They don’t realize that the others have been writing for years, or they may have had more advantages that make writing a little easier for them (it’s never easy). Or some may envy their fellow writers who have written and sold books, while they are writing only devotionals and short stories.

God has not called us to the same type of writing. Our talents are diverse. Thus, we should not compare ourselves with others; rather, we should be faithful in writing what He has called us to write.

In the Olympic games, many countries are represented, but there is only one torch. As the games end, the athletes from these countries stand together for the closing ceremony—no longer in competition but as one. The athlete who barely qualified may stand next to the one with the gold medal.

When we arrive in heaven, we’re not going to be divided into neighborhoods labeled published” and “unpublished,” “book writers,” and “devotional writers.” We’ll all be together, and God will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant[s]” (Matthew 25:23).

We have different writing talents, but we carry only one torch—the banner of Jesus Christ.

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"

1 comment:

  1. Donna:I like the acrostics for FAITH. I once heard it as "Forsaking All In Trusting Him."
    The end of this month, I wll be attending the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference @ Anderson Univesity in Anderson Indiana. I live maybe five minutes away from the site of the meeting. It is an outgrowth of a conference that met at the Wesleyan Publishing House in Fishers, In. I have not felt my fellow writers were competitors. I am aware of some of them being on a different level as I, but I learn from them all the time.