Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The First Baby Steps of a Writer

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light ~ Ephesians 5:8

Watching the YouTube video below reminded me of my first visit to the Ramona Christian Writers Critique Group.  I am like that young man who is singing about Jesus (especially when I remember singing the "banana" song in front of my tennis buddies).  At first, he is unsure of himself and his voice cracks.  Perhaps he is a little bit afraid.  Whoopi needs to coax both the lead singer and the choir to dig deep and tap into the hidden talent that she knows is there.

As the young man and his choir learn to come out of their comfort zones, beautiful music comes forth, designed to give glory and praise to God.  That's what it is like to become a writer.  First, I am surrounded by a "choir" of writers.  Pete, our leader, opens with a prayer and then we take a deep breath and relax.  We encourage one another to finely tune our writing skills.

The young man's confidence grows and he begins to mingle with the crowd.  The audience responds.  Near the end of the song, the young man believes in his message.  Even his choir director is stunned by his display of talent.  This little caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly right in front of the auditorium.  Jesus leads him by placing the right people around him, just as He has done in my life by connecting me to the Christian Writers Critique Group.

Picture yourself as you play the video below.  Do you believe in the lyrics?  Is Jesus really washing your sins away?  Is he teaching you how to live?  Are you ready to share that message with others using your talents and with your voice raised so that all of Heaven can hear you?  Do not be afraid.  The crowd will respond favorably to you if you share all the good He is doing for you.  Just do it, one baby step at a time, then walk.  Soon you will be singing and dancing while leading others to Jesus.  Don't hold back.  Let your passion flow.

Go ahead, take those first baby steps, just as the young singer did.  Keep working on your unique talents and display them for the crowds once you have developed them.  Any day that you can attract others to Jesus is a happy day.

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