Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Changing the World
In June, I attended the Glen Eyrie Writers’ Summit in Colorado Springs (in a castle – seriously) along with Susan Plett (ICWF Board member and poet extraordinaire). We were inspired and encouraged while gaining practical skills from authors Angela Hunt, Nancy Rue, Katherine Mackel and Alton Gansky. This is one of the most reasonable cost summits (2009 fee was $288 plus accommodation). But to tell you the truth, I was sitting there thinking, “Who am I kidding? Trying to start a writing career at age 51?”
One of the questions posed by another new writer was something like this: "I know God has called me to write, but how do I discover what I should be writing and where I should be submitting?"
The simple but profound answer from Alton Gansky was this: “Go where God is blessing.”
In our church, we’d been challenged to 100 Days of Prayer and Journalling – asking God what He wanted to do in, through and for us. About four days into that process, I woke up with the urging to write a news article. I told God I didn’t write journalistic pieces and he said, “You do now.” He blessed the process through a series of providential events that proved to my fainting heart He was in this, so I wrote the article and it was published in the Calgary Herald (June 20, 2009). Another article was spun off of this exercise and was published on the front page of City Light News (Calgary’s Christian Newspaper) in their July edition.
At the same time, God was working in another area and I was contacted by Maranatha News. This week my first articles have appeared in their October edition, available online here and here.
While these are not the passionate, world-changing poems I dreamed of publishing, they represent obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’ve been asked to do articles for future issues. This is me, going where God is blessing.
In the meantime, I continue to strengthen my skills, taking classes to hone the craft of writing and studying to show myself approved unto God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15). I also keep trying to do laundry, clean house, cook meals and care for my family. Not that I am perfect (sigh...in my weakness He is strong) but I press on.
Where is God leading you, blessing you, to change the world? Even if it is only one small life or one short word at a time?