As a child, I loved the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. I recall the disciples clambering around Jesus to tell him about their day. This was difficult, because of the constant interruptions of the people crowding around the Master. I could imagine this being like students prancing around a teacher or parent, trying to get the adult's attention.
|Jesus had compassion on them|
I can imagine, the apostles' surprise when Jesus said, "You give them something to eat." (My italics.) Where were they going to get all this food? After taking inventory, they had only five loaves of bread and two fish. They brought these humble offerings to Jesus. I wonder if these ordinary men believed right away that they would have enough food to feed this huge crowd. Were some of them skeptics? Blessed and broken by Jesus, however, the food was enough to feed the multitudes and feed them abundantly. Twelve baskets full or food remained.
Often we as writers are timid about our writing and wonder if it is enough to feed those who are spiritually hungry. In the third chapter of 1 Corinthians, Paul makes it clear that the work we do isn't about us. As servants, we have been assigned our tasks. With our writing, we plant the seed. Someone else may water the seed by publishing it or by promoting our writing, but it is God who makes that seed produce.
If we don't do our job of writing, there will be nothing to water and nothing to grow. Paul reminded Timothy that God did not give us a spirit of timidity; rather he gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7) Claiming the power of God's spirit should prevent us from hiding our talents. If we have God's love in our hearts, would we not want to share it? If we are lacking self-discipline, it is time to commit that problem to our Lord.
St. Angela Merici, born in the 15th century, was an orphan, who dedicated her adult life to providing education for poor girls and young women. She also founded the Order of the Ursalines. Fitting to her calling, she said, "Do something, get moving, risk new things, stick with it, get on your knees, then be ready for big surprises."
St. Angela's words still apply today. With her teaching in mind, these are my goals.
1. To live an-abiding-in-Christ life. To be a branch on Christ's vine.
2. To listen and be attentive to the voice of the Creator. To jot down in my notebook what God brings
to my attention.
3. To do and learn from the 500-Words-a-Day Word Challenge--Jeff Goins Style. (I am on Day 3 of
4. To start a blog about living with purpose and enjoyment in my senior years.
5. To submit my writings for publication, so I have two submissions on the go all the time.
I plan to "do something, get moving, risk new things, stick with it, get on (my) knees, and get "ready for big surprises."
Ramona Heikel said the following in her blog, "Inspired to Wait Tables", in August of this year.
". . . as appointed servants of the Lord, we are entrusted with a fortune of gifts and abilities, self-esteem problems or not. If we devalue the talents God has given us, it is a serious problem."
|Be strong and courageous. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.|
If we fall or fail, God will help us up again. God is close at hand. If we abide in him and listen to him, writing is not a risky business.