Christian Women and Pastors Wives - Why Write?
I have been bothered by something for a very long time. What bothers me even more is that I agreed in word and deed and camouflaged the truth in my heart.
Yesterday morning, after reading (several times, I might add), I John ~ all five chapters ~ in preparation for "I Am A Child of God" that will be part of a book, My Only Recourse is God, that God has me working on, and pondering on those words, The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.
It was not guilt and condemnation, but conviction, reproving, and correcting. John 14:17 "Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
In a moment, I knew I had accepted the thinking and reasoning of the world. Yet, there it was, crystal clear, in I John 2. I simply could not tell you how many times over my life I have read and studied and been taught these verses. They
are hidden in my heart as the Psalmist said to do - Psalm 119:11 "Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."
But at that very moment, I was hit with the full force of the meaning of 1 John 2:15-17! "15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that
is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
You see, I had done the first part of Psalm 119:11, but in truth, was sinning against Almighty God.
I had believed the world and told others to write a book "so you would stand out in the eyes of others" along with a list of other reasons as to "the why" believing if I could show "the why" then folks would hire me to the teach "the how."
That is nothing more than "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," which "is not of the Father, but is of the world." Thank God for His forgiveness!
The reason a Christan Writer should write is found in the last half of 1 John 2:17. "but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Is it not God, Himself, Who gave me the ability, training, and resources to write? And, is it not Him Who gave me something to write, whether it's to entertain, or teach, or cause someone to think or act or a plethora of other reasons?
I love what Norma Youngberg wrote in Story Craft, Volume II, (copyright 1962 and way out of print) that I am certain The Lord wants me to bring back in Plot With Help from Mother Goose:
Little Jack Horner sat in a corner, Eating his Christmas pie. He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum, And said, "What a brave boy am I." (I learned it as "What a good boy am I.")
Here we have an aggressive character. The world is his oyster.
His life is a Christmas pie. He exploits it. He pulls out a "plum"
of success, fame, or pleasure, and congratulates himself
on his accomplishment, never realizing that the discovery
and appropriation of the "plum" is actually no credit to himself,
because everything he has is a gift from God. This is the Bible
story of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, and Robert Ruark's
Poor No More. All sports stories come under this pattern. This is
such a human story, so full of meaning for all of us, that it should
be written more often than it is.
I must consider what Mordicei asked Queen Esther in Esther 4:14. "...and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
I write and perform because it what The Father has assigned me to do. I teach others to write so they can multiply their ministry far beyond their little world and in so doing reach a lost and dying world for Christ.
Be blessed in The Name above every name, Jesus! I know I am!
Linda L. Culbreth