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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: Weakness is My Witness
By Jennifer Campbell
06/16/10


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Ironically, it is difficult, and humbling, to disclose my challenges as a writer.

“His strength is made perfect in my weakness.” --
I have never felt this more strongly than when the need to create a character or story - whose trappings and weaknesses are my own - is pressed upon me by God Himself. My laundry-list of sins are laid bare on paper for all the world to read about, and I’ve found that one composition is never enough.

To grow, and to help others do the same...we as writers accept this calling, this burden, this passionate desire: to write about what we know, what we believe, who we love, whom we serve....

Nothing can keep me from my burden to write. Not the desire to silence the many-numbered skeletons who have set up residence in my closet; not the pride that sends icy prickles down my spine when I breathe life into a poem with my own true confessions; not the worldly claim of “to each his own”; certainly not a denial of whatever subject matter God Himself convicts me to write on.

The truth is, writing would be far easier and a lot less of a challenge if I myself were the perfect instrument, a flawless fixture, a pure vessel into which Spirit-inspired ideas flow. But I am a far cry from it.

Yet, the longer I write, the more clearly I comprehend how beautifully this notion fits with God’s good plan for me - for every one of his children, his inheritors - and those who choose to bear messages on his behalf.

“His strength is made perfect in my weakness.”
How well I know it. The fleshly things that torment me, the struggles I personally face; all of these are used to sharpen the penned sword that feverishly meets paper, to mete out a message for those who walk the same way - to offer encouragement, insight and support on whatever road it may be.

This is my writer’s challenge: to make myself an open book, and then proceed to fill its pages with the truth of how God chooses to use me for the freedom and salvation of others. To deny myself in the name of honesty and transparency, that those who read would understand from those who write...

“His strength is made perfect in my weakness.”
--2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)


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Ruth Brown 06/18/10
Such an honest look at the writers life. I so appreciated your heart in the challenge of writing. Blessings to you.