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I’ve been writing blogs in various venues for several years now. I’ve had a lot of critics through out that time. Most often I seem to run across two reactions from those who find out I write. They either are very verbal about what I write and constantly ask about what I am writing or posting.

But, I find it interesting that some, after finding out I write, get very quiet about voicing their opinion or ideas about anything when I am in the conversation or when I am in hearing distance of their conversations. I guess I can understand the latter group’s response. After all, writers are constantly looking and searching for something interesting or different on various topics on every and any subject the majority of the time.

The only reason this response baffles me is; most people who voice their opinions to others are wanting their voices to be heard and their opinions taken into consideration. They want to be heard. But, for some reason it seems that even those who constantly voice their opinion don’t want to have anything to do with their opinions being made any more public than within their own private conversations.

I certainly understand their desire for their opinions on private matters being kept confidential. Most writers would never include such conversations within any of their writings where it be in a blog, short story, novel, poetry or whatever.

We are only writers – nothing more. We write from our own points of view – no one else’s, regardless of what someone else’s opinion is on any given matter. Don’t be afraid to interact with writers as you would anyone else. You may find that your opinion on things -other than private matters – will find a voice.

Back to the first group who are constantly asking about what we write about – wanting to know if we were able to use anything you contributed during a conversation in our blogs, etc.  Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. Don’t let it discourage you when we say we didn’t. Instead, let it encourage you to do exactly what we do – write!!! Pick a venue and get down your thoughts. Yes, you will have critics just like we do. But, it is the criticism that makes you grow. It either changes your prospective on a matter or deepens your convictions. But, the wonderful thing about writing is; you then have the opportunity to change someone else’s prospective or deepen their conviction on matters.

Remember, that writers are no different than any other. It is our words that matter. They can be used to build up or to tear down. But, please also remember that whether you are a writer or not – it is not only the written words that have this power; spoken words in private conversations flow from one person to another much faster than the written word ever can. Written words can bring criticism to the one who pens them and invite opportunity for accusation of being wrong, but spoken words can can have the same results for the one who speaks them.

In summary, we should guard our words and choose our conversation whether in the presence of writers or non-writers alike.

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There are mistakes riddled through out everything I do. If there weren’t, well then, it just wouldn’t be me. This is true in every aspect of my life – especially in my writing. But, everyone of us can say the same thing about mistakes being in everything we do.

We weren’t created to be perfect. If we were, we would have no need of a Savior. Perfection in grammar, spelling, and punctuation is not the perfection I focus on. Instead, I focus on pleasing God in all that I do. I may make some mistakes; even in doing that. But, it is my willingness and eager heart – even when I make mistakes, that please Him.

Having the knowledge that we will be less than perfect stops us from being willing to do things for fear of being criticized by others. So, find peace in knowing that God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Have peace in knowing that He just wants you to be willing. Find comfort in knowing that no one else is perfect either.Saying that, I will continue to write (not perfectly) and I hope you enjoy what I write. I encourage you to step out, be willing and have a eager heart to (not so perfectly) pursue those things you long to do.

Each day I start out doing whatever it is I am to do that particular day. Quite awhile ago I started realizing that a lot the things that I wanted to do were not getting done…
The lady in the grocery store who mentions how high the price of grapes is going and not knowing how she would buy all she needed if things keep going the way they are – Why didn’t I take the time to tell her that God always supplies our needs if we just put our trust in Him?

The man at the gas station that smiles from the other side of the fuel pump who declares that God has given us such a beautiful day…Why didn’t I ask him to share with me exactly where he was placing his trust in order to get to heaven?

Other questions plague my mind…like…

When a teenager knocks at my door selling items for their school fundraiser…Do they knock on doors in the community with youth leaders in order to learn how to spread the gospel of Christ….and if now….why?

When I hear parents at church say that evangelism at a local street fair or prayer walking or door knocking is just too dangerous to let their teenagers do, and the next statement that they say is they let their teenager along with a couple of their friends drive three hours on a busy highway to go to a concert with thousands of other teenagers in attendance whom none of them knew and then drive back home again in the middle of the night…I have to question what makes the latter activity safer than the first.

When I see leaders step up in the church who are willing to work with the youth or teens, being criticized for teaching the Bible and standing on it’s principals while not backing down, while the ones criticizing were themselves not willing to step out of their comfort zone and rely on God to equip them to do the same job…I have to shake my head in disbelief when these things happen.

When I see a new believer make the smallest of mistakes and seasoned Christians pull away and shun them instead of going to them in love and compassion and disciple them…teach them… and grow them… as Christ does with us…giving them encouragement….and a resource of accountability…walking along side of them helping them mature in Christ…I have to honestly say this is one of the things that puzzle me the most.

These are the things…the questions…the things that should not be that grew my desire to write. My writing is fictional as are the story lines. But, the questions that prompt the story lines are oh so real….This is what my writing is about…