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Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)
TITLE: Bragging Rights!
By Pam Kumpe
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After entering the writing challenges, I've discovered the pain of rejection and since I do not particularly enjoy suffering, I've decided to avoid the process all together.
My inflated opinion of my writing became apparent, especially since a friend of mine turned in articles for the weekkly challenges and she is receiving rave reviews.
And yes, she is relishing in those remarks and conveniently passes them on to me. It's no wonder, I'm feeling a wee bit discouraged.
And to think, I first told her about this website and now, I have the pleasure of working with her daily, listening to her comments from her new set of friends.
Lately, I've spent so much time pulling up my own story, checking for comments, it's taken away from my own writing. Distracted, I've lost my focus.
Well, apparently I've cornered the market on self pity this week, and one small imagined rejection threw me off course.
As long as the road is wide and full of pleasant surprises, I steer ahead, but when the first glimpse of an obstacle gets thrown at me, I turn around and head for home.
Re-evaluating my motive is in order based on how I'm responding to my good friend's success.
Am I writing because I love God? Absolutely. Is it something I must do, not matter what? Yes. Do I need to remember this? Obviously.
Sometimes, I get centered on my own purpose, and therein lies the struggle.
If I truly want to obey the Lord, my motive should be love, and a life focused on Him, not me.
So after thinking it over, I must keep writing, because "We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him, who are called according to his purpose."(Rom 8:28)
I'm reminded God didn't give us the Scriptures because he wanted to be a famous author, he gave us the Scripture because it contains life!
And so, I must pass on that same life, the "Good News" to others, so everyone has a chance to win.
Scripture tells me, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:2-3)
Therefore, I cannot quit, there's work to be done!
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