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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: God's Three Greens for the Writer
By Colin Swann


God's Green Room is a writer's reality and reassessment area.

The reality is that just one in a million writers will be the author of a classic and probably as few as a handful will write a best seller. One may succeed and go on to make a reasonable living through the pen but most will have to supplement their writing with a daily job. Some will just have to settle for scribing for pleasure with a welcome perk now and then. Unfortunately, that is the bottom line and a sound reason for God leading the writer into a time of waiting in the Green Room of reality.

A reassessment is required as to what the writing aims of a Christian are. Is it fame and fortune that is being pursued? Wisdom surely deletes such unreachable goals from most writers' aspirations. Is it writing for self or for God that fires the goals? In truth it maybe more for self than for the Lord but in reassessing it can become less of an ego trip. Having to wait in God's Green Room can enforce the lesson of putting God first, the reader second and the Christian author last. It is hard indeed to die to self in an area where creative license often warps reality but a new impetus must be born and followed through for God.

God's Green Pasture is a place for rest, resolution and restoration.

A rest is sometimes enforced by God when the writer has thrown away the cushion of the Lord's easy yoke by a frenetic workload. The Christian should come to the page with a different incentive than that of a secular author. To fire on all cylinders for God the writer must learn how to coast at times or burn out. Because God loves his co-authors he will not only lead the way to his ultimate goals for them but also cause a resting time in his green pastures as part of that progress. The Lord indicated that when one is yoked to him things should become easier.

Resolution can be found for future targets whilst in this place of rest. Waiting on God in expectant anticipation for a way ahead can be wafted through by daily devotions and prayer. Past failures and successes can become the stepping stones and building blocks for future service. God wants his scribes to succeed but in the right way. True humility is a requirement to ward off puffed up ideas and selfish ambition. God's servant writer should seek the Lord's will and shun self-glory. The resolution of every Christian writer, whilst resting in God's green pasture, must be to write solely for Jesus - even when creating a non-religious piece of work.

A time for restoration is needed after a breakdown in reciprocation with the Source. Present day written words can be God breathed by the Holy Spirit but they will be words mingled with the faults of the earthen vessel yet inspired! This should be the higher ground of creativity that a writer aspires to. If this ground was once possessed but is now lost the Lord must be given no respite until its restoration. Being nourished by God in his green pasture land is his way of restoring and completing that work.

God's Green Light is to get ready and then re-launch.

The writer must be ready to restart after an uncreative period - yet God himself is never in a hurry to work his wonders - so patience is a must. Needless to say a writer must write but a Lord-led work will be in God's own timing. This waiting has more to do with God producing truth in the writer's heart than what the writer can create with his hands. When God opens a door and gives the green light for a work of his choice then the dying embers will be re-ignited.

A re-launch will obviously be exhilarating the birth of a new work! God's leading is what the true Christian servant writer aspires to and seeks after other motives are all unworthy. Going through the green light, out into the open spaces of a new spurt of creativity, is like the dawning of a new day for the writer. How wonderful it will be to co-author again with the Great Creator - to produce God inspired written words that will find his approval and bless his people.

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Carol Penhorwood 10/29/09
Wow!! This sure rang bells with me! Excellent teaching!
Jennifer Galey10/29/09
I LOVED this!!! What a beautiful synopsis of what every Christian writer encounters. This piece was definitely God-inspired!! God Bless!
Dan Blankenship 10/29/09
Great advice using the Lord's wisdom!

May God bless!

Dan Blankenship
Betty Castleberry11/02/09
I never thought of "waiting in God's green room." Nice analogy.

Lots to ponder here. Well done.
Ruth Brown11/02/09
Dear Colin,
Thank you for reminding me to set the bar high.
I hope this gets published in other Christian writing sites,for it is worth sharing.
Excellent.Blessings to you,
Ruth B.
larry troxell 11/02/09
thanks. this spoke to my heart. isn't that why we're faithwriters?
Chely Roach11/02/09
A truly inspiration piece, filled with many truths. Thanks. Well done!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 11/02/09
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you
Forget the scoring process....I want to please my Dad.
Jan Ackerson 11/04/09
Wow, Colin--definitely words that will resonate on this site--and in my writer's heart!
Bryan Coomes11/04/09
Thank you for writing this. Your use of the topic was rather effective in this motivating and uplifting piece.
Diana Dart 11/04/09
"This waiting has more to do with God producing truth in the writer's heart than what the writer can create with his hands." This touched deeply within me, as did so many other bits of wisdom in this piece. Very intelligently and creatively presented. Thank you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/04/09
You hit the nail directly, didn't you? Well done with the right message for the writer.
Linda Watson Owen11/04/09
"The higher ground of creativity"! You've pointed the way for all of us in this insightful and inspirational piece, Colin! Thank you for every thought that you've so pointedly and skillfully written!
Virgil Youngblood 11/04/09
Like a compass needle that points north, this timely article points the Christian writer in the right direction. Well done.
Carol Slider 11/04/09
Thank you for this lovely devotional--very inspiring!
Terry R A Eissfeldt 11/05/09
Sharon Laughter11/05/09
God obviously noted my complaints in the last few weeks re: suffering in the desert of no inspiration. And, just like Elijah, right on the heels of my biggest award yet!) I know feel summoned to his office for a nice "little chat." Thanks - really needed this. Yes, indeedy.
Patricia Turner11/06/09
What an inspiring piece! I'm going to print this one and keep it close by for all the great reminders in it. So well written too and so very deserving of its 1st place and EC wins!
Philippa Geaney 11/06/09
Thank you -well said