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Topic: Commitment (01/05/12)
TITLE: We Tread on Holy Ground
By Toni Babcock
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The practice of crafting words as an art form is relatively cheap, so I made a commitment to this writing endeavor with much enthusiasm, having more or less deserted my dabbling as a visual artist for the writing craft, at least for the present time. (Besides, nothing dampens enthusiasm for becoming proficient at art than adding up the cost at a local arts and crafts store.) Along with that, being admired for painting wonderful pictures didn’t cut it for me. I wanted to write something good; something that would hang around in people’s heads for a really long time. So I made a commitment to writing, and I am learning not to covet anyone’s approval. People don’t need to like me as a writer – in fact, I have come to the conclusion that to tell someone “I am a writer” was probably one of the dopiest things I ever did. It’s more fun to keep the horn from tooting and just write. (But I have to admit, visiting my free reprint list online to see how many hits I’m getting is embarrassingly addicting.) But what about those people who seem to clam up when they discover I am a serious writer – what’s up with that? Is it because I am a writer who commits to writing about spirituality? Perhaps – because writing about spirituality treads on “holy ground”, and we writers run the risk of trammeling it big time. Why should people really think we have anything life altering to say?
I understand now that this writing thing is more than a commitment to writing words on paper. It is a commitment to the people whose minds I am knocking on with my spiritual prose like some unsolicited invitation. It is a commitment to God that I would glorify His cause and promote His kingdom. It is a commitment to myself and the truth I have been entrusted with so that I would have the courage to share it with people who may or may not share my views. For the spiritual writer, “commitment” is a very big word. We tread on holy ground.
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