February 03, 2005
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
This verse has been at the very base of my writing career. It has driven me, guided me and reminded me of where my focus needs to be on a minute by minute basis.
I was a fortunate child, in that I was born into a Christian family. We weren't without our problems, but we faithfully attended church and were encouraged to read our Bible daily. Prayer was stressed as the most important thing we could do as a human being -- it was our communication to God, just as His Word was a form of communication to us.
I accepted Christ at the age of 6 and throughout my spiritual walk -- He has continued to mold and make me. Sometimes its been quite pleasant, rather like a peaceful walk through a mountain forest. Other times, it's been a trial by fire and it's hurt a great deal. Sometimes the storms have bent me over -- sometimes they've snapped me in half but always God has been faithful.
As my spiritual walk has drawn me into a greater concern for those around me, I felt strongly that God laid on my heart the ministry of writing. Through stories, both fictional and non-fictional, I can tell how God is able to meet our needs. I'm able to show the Gospel message and the plan of salvation in a form that is less threatening and to offer ideas of Biblical application for our lives.
Above all things, I long for the reader to fall in love with God. That is at the heart of my mission. God is the lover of our souls. He longs to be the first one we think of in the morning and the last one we think of at night. He wants us to look for Him through the day -- to seek His approval and advice, just as we might an earthly love.
But we can't love God or anyone else, if we don't know them. Love at first sight happens, not only in the realm of our human daily existence, but in the spiritual as well. However, I was amazed at the times I saw people fall in love at first sight with God, only to have that love fade from their hearts as the vision of God wore away. They relied on that warm fuzzy feeling -- that peace like a river -- that mountaintop experience. And while all those things are possible and wonderful, they aren't what sustains. A relationship -- a one-on-one daily interaction -- is how you get better acquainted with another human being -- why not also find that true with God?
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