Realizing Our Greatness in Our Writing Part 1
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” -John 14: 12(NIV)
Last week, as I completed the August 2010 Top Ten Release List for Christian Fiction Blog, I found myself concerned. Although the titles that were chosen deserve to be there, I was hoping for more competitive works to choose from.
I was hoping to read prose better than Mick Silva’s “Upon Being Laid Off” post last week. I was hoping to read something indulging and awe-inspiring like Sharon Ewell Foster’s upcoming historical The Resurrection of Nat Turner. I was hoping to be moved in such a way, while reading that I would stop and kneel, lay prostrate on the floor, run to God’s voice, and move on up a little higher, because those words were so caught up in magnifying Him that my soul glowed from the inside out. Selah.
I was hoping for greatness What I found—what I’ve been finding these last few months-- was mediocrity and lots of it, which troubled me(myself included). Because somehow, somewhere we have decided to settle for less in our writing (myself included.) We have decided to publish less than greatness. We have allowed the world to dictate to us what is good. We sprinkle itself on us. Unfortunately, I have good news for us.
I don’t believe God created us to be mediocre. I don’t believe He anointed his artists to lack great craftmanship. Even in Christ word’s to us He says that we can do even greater things through Him. So what are we doing? Why are we slipping?
I believe it’s because we do not realize who we are. We have forgotten how GREAT we are. So for a while, I think I need to remind you. But I also have to warn you of a few things.