A Step in the Write Direction
July 6, 2015
Update: I’m going to share a little story about the song below and how it changed someone’s life. My nephew, Dave Clark, traveled with a gospel singing group, the Speer Family, for five years. He had moved from Michigan to Nashville several years before, in spite of a serious health problem, to follow his calling to be a songwriter. His wife said she knew where the group had been by the E.R. bills. Dave had a disease called apthous stomatitis which caused sores the size of a quarter in his mouth and down to his esophagus. Twenty-nine doctors at Mayo Clinic could find no cure. One night while singing at a camp meeting, the crowd sang the song below and that’s when Dave felt he needed to leave the group, as good as they had been to him, and go out on his own. This meant doing his own driving, setting up the sound equipment, etc. To make a long story short, eventually he was healed (the story is told in the book Healing in God’s Time) and wrote 25 songs that went to #1 on the charts including “Crucified with Christ,” “Mercy Said No,” “Mercy Came Running.” Just recently another one went to the top, “Pray Now” recorded by Karen Gooch Peck….Answering God’s call isn’t always easy, but when you’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause, it pays off….God might be calling one of you to do something today that seems impossible, but with Him, all things are possible.
Thought for the Day: "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it" (Edith Wharton).
Song for the Day:
I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame.
I’d rather be true to His holy name.
“I’d Rather Have Jesus,” Rhea F. Miller
Laugh for the Day: A little girl was in church with her mother when she started feeling ill. "Mommy," she said, "can we leave now?" "No," her mother replied. "Well, I think I have to throw up!" "Then go out the front door and around to the back of the church and throw up behind a bush." After about 60 seconds the little girl returned to her seat. "Did you throw up?" Mom asked. "Yes." "How could you have gone all the way to the back of the church and returned so quickly?" "I didn't have to go out of the church, Mommy. They have a box next to the front door that says, 'For the Sick.' (From “The Gospel Greats newsletter, June 30, 2015).
Writer’s Tips: Writing for Newspapers (conclusion)
Op-ed columns are like a Letter to the Editor, except longer—usually between 600 and 850 words, focusing on a local issue or a current event happening nationwide or worldwide, and something you feel passionate about. These columns are stronger if you include more than just your opinion; it helps to include statistics.
Give your column a catchy title, use a strong lead, present your facts in order, and wrap up the column with a strong ending—perhaps tying it in with your title or lead paragraph. Include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and photograph—if requested—and send it out.
Who knows? In a few days when you open up your newspaper to the editorial page, you may see your op-ed column—for everyone to read!
Note: If your column is published in a secular newspaper or periodical and you quote at least one Scripture verse, after publication you can submit it to the Amy Foundation for their annual awards, ranging from $10,000 to three prizes of $1,000 each. (See www.amyfound.org/amy_writing_awards/amy_writing_awards.html for more information.)
Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.
Donna Clark Goodrich
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