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Previous Challenge Entry
Topic: Betrayal (02/16/04)

TITLE: To Write or Not to Write - The Betrayal Question
By Donna Haug


Ever had one of these weeks?

Monday – Betrayal huh?

Tuesday – Betrayal … hmmm. I think I’ll go read my book.

Wednesday – I have no idea where to go with this week’s theme.

Thursday - I’ve never really been betrayed. I can’t relate. I don’t have anything to say. I wonder what’s on T.V.

Friday – I could always do Judas Iscariot … but everyone will probably do that one.

Saturday – (Conversation overhead between a ‘Writerationally’ Challenged Wife and her ever-wise hubby.) WCW - “Hon, I don’t think I’m even going to write anything for this week’s Writer’s Challenge. The topic is ‘betrayal’ and I just don’t know what to write about.” Hubby – “What? You’re going to betray the Writer’s Challenge?”

Sunday – OK! OK! It’s Sunday night and my bed is calling but I just can’t betray my beloved Writer’s Challenge! Since the primitive days of the Writer’s Challenge – way back when we just wrote for fun and there were no incentives or prizes – I have not missed a single challenge if I have been close enough to a computer to participate. How could I possibly think of not throwing in my 2 cents worth! (Even if I’ll be the last article in the LONG list and everyone will be tired of reading by the time they get to mine.)

Maybe you also face days as a writer when you feel that you just don’t have anything to contribute. Some days you just seem to draw a blank. All those creative ideas seem to have gone on an extended holiday to the Caribbean somewhere and left you ‘home alone’.

I’ve been challenged by those who have been writers for a long time of the importance of writing everyday, whether we feel like it or not. We should not write just when inspiration hits us up side the head. Sometimes we need to sit down and slug through it. It’s called commitment.

Have you made a commitment to yourself and your Lord to develop your talent as a writer? Had you started out with great fervor in your new writing ministry, and then gotten bogged down when it got tough? Don’t betray your commitment. Pick up your pen. Turn on that computer. WRITE!

Join me in the ultimate Writer’s Challenge Prayer: Lord, though it’s not always fun or easy, I recommit whatever gifts and talents You have given me to You as my Master. Take what I have (such as it is) and multiply it to touch the world around me (however small that world may be) for Your sake!

(Overheard as WCW shuffles off to bed) “See, that wasn’t so hard. I feel for those poor readers – Voter Fatigue! They will either roll their eyes in my general direction or chuckle in relief for having reached the end of the list at last! …. Girl, you need to go to bed. You’re talking to yourself!”

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Corinne Smelker 02/23/04
OK, I made my husband stop what he was doing and listen to me read this! How often has he heard the words, "I don't know what to write!" Excellent.
P.S. I talk to myself too!
Donna Anderson02/23/04
HA!! Donna, first of all, MINE was the next to the last article! lol. I submitted at 12:06 a.m.! I struggled with this one like crazy, knowing that my idea was definetly NOT anything new or exciting. But, I had the same thought as you - not wanting to 'betray' the Challenge! Only YOU had the courage and the humor to write about it! For THAT you have my vote! :) This is too much fun. :) ;)
P.S. I always start at the end of the list, cuz sometimes the best is the last...ya never know!
Glenda Lagerstedt02/24/04
Oh! Did this one ever strike a chord with me! I love the Writers Challenge and haven't dusted a corner in my house since coming on board. (No time, gotta read them posts.)

But last week I just came up blank and finally decided I really had nothing to say. However, you got me convicted and pondering 'descipleship',and at the same time have given me a wonderful feeling of camraderie here. I am not alone. Thanks for sharing your struggle with the rest of us! Lord bless.
Dave Wagner02/24/04
Thanks for the fresh approach to the topic. Nice to meet a veteran of the site. (this is my second day belonging :P)
L.M. Lee02/26/04
Now this was funny!
Jesus Puppy 12/15/06
I wont tell you how I fist look at the topic and always.. ALWAYS get at least three Ideas. Nor will I say how in the first hour of seeing said topic I will the first two ideas typed out..( and most times discarded )

I will just tell you how glad I am to see your name still show up in the 'Tops' lists.