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Topic: Agreement/Disagreement (01/19/12)
TITLE: My Biggest Challenge
By Ed Arrington
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22 JANUARY 2012
I must say this: Writing is hard for me. I have a sleeping problem which often impairs my ability to function at the writing level required for even a modicum of success. However, at the age of sixty-seven, God has burned all the bridges that might link me to do something else. He has created within me an uneven desire to pursue any other form of work in this world around me.
My wife told me long ago, that I would always have a restless spirit if I did not write. I’ve had only a casual interest in her opinion for the majority of our married life, now approaching forty-seven years. In the last three weeks, however, casual interest has turned to total agreement and absolute confirmation regarding my writing life. My restless spirit, simmering for all these years, has accelerated to an inner, almost suffocating rage that threatens to destroy my walk with the Lord and to derail me from the pathway of spiritual success that God desires of all His children. It is precisely because I have been indifferent to my ability and privilege to write, that God has chosen to remind me of the price I will pay for the satanic dismissal of His will for my life. My restless spirit will continue to surround me with waves of apathy, uncertainty, and discouragement. I do not intend to let it go that far.
1 John 2:15-17 proclaims an accurate and searing truth concerning the danger of Christians who immerse their life in the pointless and futile quest for enjoyment of worldly pleasures: ‘Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.’
The prolific delay of sacred momentum in my writing life can be traced directly to the factual inclination of me to be sabotaged by the landmines found in the above verses. My biggest challenge to overcome their explosive power will depend upon the determination to agree that God’s claim on my life will impel me to write every day, and to never give up on my eternal journey to glorify God, now and forever.
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