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Topic: Key (02/14/13)
TITLE: The Keys to the Kingdom
By Tom Parsons
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It was necessary for teachers to be so equipped with the keys to the kingdom. Access was often needed to various rooms, and one could not always wait for someone with a key to come and let one in.
Then our school closed. Not only did I turn in my keys, but eventually the building the keys gave me access to was torn down. I lost my keys and I lost the place the keys accessed. Keys and the kingdom were both gone.
When the school closed, I was close enough to retirement age to retire, figuring no one would be interested in hiring a 63 year old man with no keys. So I retired. Social Security. A working wife who had a few years to go before she was of retirement age. A part-time job. Plenty of time.
So I turned my attention to the activity I had loved since childhood, but never had the time to pursue during my career. Writing. I began devoting time each day to putting words on paper – well, actually, on a computer screen – in a variety of projects. I wrote articles. I wrote short stories. I wrote some Bible commentaries. I even wrote a novel. There seems to be an endless stream of ideas that have been bottled up inside me over a lifetime that there never was time to develop. Well, now there was time, and the ideas flowed from my imagination to the computer screen, and then to paper. I filled up flash drives and CDs with the material I produced. I blogged. I got my own website and posted some of my writing there.
But something has been missing. I haven’t been able to find it so far. It has been elusive, like a mist on a moonlit night, or a lightning bug that flashes itself to visibility for a moment and then is gone. If I could find this missing element, I am certain I would outglow any lightening bug for miles around.
What I need is an audience. I have one, but it is small. My website has readers, but not as many as I would like. I have people who have openly praised me for my writing, and I appreciate every one of them. But like most writers, I desire to reach a larger audience.
Now, I don’t think I am seeking fame and fortune. My wife and I are probably financially secure for as long as we can expect to live on this earth at our ages. And I am not really interested in being well-known.
You see, I am a Christian writer; I write about things pertaining to a faith relationship with Jesus Christ. I write from a Scriptural viewpoint. I write to encourage people to walk with Jesus and serve Him. In seeking a wider audience, I truly desire to make Christ known to more and more people.
I guess what I am seeking is the keys to the kingdom, the keys that give me access to the hearts and minds of people through words. If readers appreciate what I write, I want them to appreciate the Author of all life even more. If my words can direct people to His Word, then I will be glowing with His success, and every lightening bug around will envy what I have in Christ.
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