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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Said the Master to the Scribe
By Kimberly Russell


Hey! You there. Writer. Come over here a minute.

You talking to me?

Allow me to introduce myself: I'm God.

You're kidding, right?

Well, I do have a sense of humor but I'm spot on here: Yup. God. That would be me.

Wow- God? Umm, sir, it's such an honor to meet you (gulp). I mean I've known you for some time but ...it's a little overwhelming. I'm not really sure what to say...

It's nice to meet you and I've known you for a while as well. In fact, I knew you before you were born as I knit you together in your mother's womb. You are my masterpiece, created to do good works already prepared for you.

You actually have a plan already in place? I've always heard that but...for real?

I know the plans I have for you, to give you a future and a hope. Part of the plan involves writing for me. Haven't you wondered where that passionate urge comes from?

As a matter of fact I have. My mind just seems to shoot in crazy directions, making up stories, zipping hither and yon. I never realized that you might be involved. This drive, the fervor to create is sometimes so strong, I'm totally overwhelmed. I want to be like a tour guide, taking people to the farthest outposts of my mind. I yearn to share adventures and love and, of course, you. I feel such an earnest desire to share what you have done for me and to show what an awesome God you are!

Well, gee, Writer, thanks for that- really appreciate the gesture but it's about you too.

Huh? I'm confused.

Let me explain. Remember when you started to hear my voice about writing? I planted a seed in you that began to develop over time. It has grown and matured as I've molded you into the skilled craftsman I want you to be. The good news is that I'm not finished yet-it's an ongoing process.

I'm really glad to hear that, God, because I feel so inadequate most of the time. All this stuff kind of swirls around in me and sometimes, I feel like I'll just bust if it doesn't get out.

You have done well, my child. You continue to grow and strive for progress. Know that I'm very proud of you. You will be approved as the result of your labor, ready to be used for every good work. And also bear much fruit for the kingdom.

Thank you so much for that, sir, but most of the time I'm so befuddled, I can barely get a word on the page. Direction often escapes me and I'm unsure of where to go.

Well, son, you writers are the ones that always say 'write what you know'. Doesn't that mean to draw upon your experiences, strengths-even the bad stuff? Haven't you heard the whole 'what Satan intended for evil, God will use for good' thing? Nothing in your life has happened by accident. Even the darkest times can be used to help someone else that may be struggling. Your victory could be exactly what they need to find me.

Wow. That's a huge responsibility. I don't really feel up to the task. Are you sure you want to use me?

That goes back to what we talked about before: The good works I prepared in advance for you are a natural outpouring from your heart. You are saved FOR good works-not BY good works. Yes, you must hone your craft as a wordsmith but because you belong to me, the love of my son invades you and you just can't help but serve. Your service assignment as a writer is to bear fruit for me by using your natural affinity for words to carry my message. Does that make you feel any better?

Oh yes, it does. Even though it's a bit scary, since you'll be with me, I can do it. I can do this. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, right?

Exactly, my son. Now be on your way. Go and write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.

Note: Scripture paraphrases from verses in NLT version.

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Benjamin Graber04/29/10
Sometimes writers need God to clear some things up for us!
Fun, creative entry - good job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
Wow. I feel like I have had almost that exact conversation with God myself. You did an outstanding job with this week's topic. Wonderful things do happen when we listen to God.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/29/10
I was rather taken aback (shocked) by the common street talk or "slang" expressions used by the Holy of Holiest, God Almighty - however, to each his own....
Dee Yoder 05/01/10
I wasn't shocked at all. (I have a feeling God Almighty smiles at our attempts to describe His Holiness and how that's projected. I really do think He may no longer speak in King James' English only.) This entry made me smile, but more than that, it made me think. God DOES have plans for our writing, and I needed this reminder He is in charge and in love with His plans for me...all the things I've experienced, He plans to use for good. I love this!
Lisha Hunnicutt05/01/10
I liked this piece. I think God talks to us in language we can relate to and understand. The way he expresses something to one person may be expressed to another in an entirely different way. I enjoyed the writer's conversation with God about God's plan for him or her. I too have felt God's call to write for his glory, and I have a desire for the things I write to minister to others.
Barbara Lynn Culler05/02/10
I agree about God speaking to us in terms we can understand. Cool dialogue.
Good job!
Catrina Bradley 05/02/10
This is what having a personal relationship with God should like - a conversation with a friend who knows us inside and out (literally) and tells us what we need to hear. This article eye-opening for me, and was so very encouraging. I think I'll save this one for when I wonder what in the world I'm doing here. :) Thank you!
Carol Slider 05/03/10
Thanks for the reminder that God gives us the ability to write for His purposes.
Beth LaBuff 05/05/10
The "Master Writer"… love your creativity. I appreciate your reminder, "You are saved FOR good works-not BY good works." You've effectively used these verses!
Marita Thelander 05/05/10
Ok Kim...I came to the line "You're kidding, right?" and I could HEAR you saying the phrase because we have met face-to-face. It made me settle in with a smile and enjoy the give and take casual conversation.
Edmond Ng 05/06/10
Nice take on the topic. I particularly like the part "Remember when you started to hear my voice about writing? I planted a seed in you that began to develop over time." I've felt like that before, and I know God is molding me each step of the way to use what He has given me for His glory. My heart's desire is to write for Him to touch lives. Glad you shared this from a perspective that tells a lot.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 15 in your level.