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Monday, April 30, 2012

Why Write?

So many times in life we start out with the right motives, and end up with the wrong ones. I spent some time with Christian writers at a retreat this weekend and I was challenged to realign my purpose once again. (Funny thing is, this was not the theme or purpose of the retreat)

Lately, I've been writing for Kelli. I wanted the notoriety of a contest win. The acclaim of obtaining an agent. The fame of a published book.

A reminder from a simple verse was all I needed:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men... Colossians 3:23

I have been working at writing with all my heart...but it's been for me. The cool thing is that repentance is so easy. I'm turning around today and writing, with all my heart, to please my heavenly Father.

Consider this promise:
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3

I pray my plans for publication succeed, but they are God's plans now. I surrender my plans in exchange for HIS! And when I think of what He's capable of, I realize how wrong I've been. Today, I've realigned my heart and my purpose.

So I ask you: Why Write?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Evidence of Passion

Think about the word passion. It evokes all kinds of emotion. Romantic passion. Passion for God. It's a GOOD word!

There are few people in life that boast true passion. Most people experience a benign existence at best. Think of those people who exhibit passion. What drives them? How does it effect their lives?

Evidence of passion:  you put more time into something than truly necessary. It's a voluntary sacrifice. And you love every minute of it!

So, do you have passion? Tell me about it!