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Writer: You must die daily

posted on Sep 16, 2013, in category : Writing | Post a comment

A death must occur.

For every writer there must be a death.

The death of time spent doing other things which in my own estimation amount to very little in the grand scheme of life. I personally sacrifice certain things in my life that seem to have a pull on me so that I can achieve certain goals. This is common sense, yet many of us need to be reminded of this because of the worlds pull to a myriad of distractions.

We all have to ‘kill’ a few things to get to where we want, and to pursue our goals and dreams…whatever those might be.

We have to make sure we kill the right things.

Many a people have made sacrifices and later regretted. Usually those deaths are very painful and almost always involve family and those close to us.

Obviously we do not want to neglect our families. Sometimes this is a slow death. Some people will be so engrossed in their work that they trade money, reputation, and success instead of making sure that our families are thriving emotionally, spiritually, physically etc…

Every author has to make wise  discsions about what we must cut out of the daily regimend that we have grown so accustomed to.

We need to cut out things like: food, water,sunlight….just kidding (I had to say it); More seriously things such as T.V, movies, 30+ rounds of golf with the buddies, watching ufc on the ocassional Saturday night (mine), extra curricular activities that are fun, but might not be a necessity in the moment. These things are not bad things in and of themselves, but we must weigh them in light of what’s ultimately important. It’s a battle that I sometimes lose, but I’m committed to making improvements.

As a Christian I am called daily to die to self.

This doesn’t mean all my ambitions or goals are to be negated, but that certain worldly pursuits ought to take second place to Godly pursuits. This also doesn’t mean I have to give up what I love, but I need to evaluate what I love (writing being one of them) and to make certain that the focus is always a display and a credit to what he is accomplishing in me, ultimately for his glory and not my own.

There has always been a call to a radical way of living for the Christian.

So there is a double death. The writer must die to accomplish his writing goals, but the christian writer must make sure Jesus is at the center of all that he is doing. The world will pull on the hearts string so that a person longs for money, reputation, glory, honor, power, and fame.

Instead we look to bolster his reknown, his reputation.

We seek to not be made much of, but to make much of Him.

And we as ‘Kingdom writers’ know that the hard work must be done for those of us who have chosen this venue to communicate his great name. We know there is a death in not being well recieved. We know there is a death when people will get upset a some of the content. We know that Jesus said, “Don’t be surprised if the world hates you, just remember it hated me first.”

We die daily so that words might be spoken into a world of people who desperately need to hear the Gospel. It is just one facet of being salt and light in a world that is spiritually darkened. We die daily, so that we can create a perpetual flow of Gospel-centered works that are all connected to the flow of what He is doing and accomplishing in and through us.

It is for love that we seek to die

Have you died today?

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