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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: IT'S NOT ABOUT ME
By Dolores Stohler
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When I first began writing, I thought fulfillment would come on being published and receiving some kind of public acclaim for my work, plus the monetary rewards.
Now I know the truth--it's not like that at all. True fulfillment comes with completing a work and being satisfied with it, whether it gets published or not. And the greatest satisfaction of all is when someone tells you they loved what you wrote or they sat up all night reading it. Or it changed their whole life. Wow! It can't get better than that.
Another surprising thing is that, although I'd really looked forward to public acclaim in my writing, when it comes I feel embarrassed and want to brush it away. This whole crazy business of writing isn't about me after all. It's really about serving the Lord and wanting to do something special for Him. There are many things I do badly or not at all. Whatever talent I have comes from God alone and He is my mentor. Frequently He helps me write, furnishing the ideas and sometimes the words as well. I once wrote a whole poem this way, with God looking over my shoulder and telling me what to say. It took just eight minutes to write and my church put it on back of the church bulletin. Then I sent it to "The Secret Place", a daily devotional. It was accepted and when it appeared a local woman called me, asking if she could use it in her Sunday School Class. She said it was beautiful. Well, who can take credit for that? Not I, but I can share in the joy of His accomplishment.
While reading a book on how to promote my latest children's novel, I read that it wasn't about promoting the book itself but promoting the author. Well, you've got that wrong, was my first thought. Then, no, you've got it right. Let's give credit to the author of all creation, Jesus Christ Himself. Whatever you're trying to say, He said it first, you're just another interpreter.
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