Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Author, Author

I heard someone say that 86% of Americans want to write a book. That surprised me. Although maybe I shouldn't be all that surprised, since I've heard that most people see writing a book as an adventure. I think I have a little adventure perspective to offer—though actually I guess only 86% of you need to read it.

I’ve written seven books now so I’m starting to learn a few things about the adventure. Let’s think about it. Your average action/adventure/spy/hero-type person who's at work saving the world can show you the scars from their whip marks, holes from a gunshot wound or two and maybe the disfiguring marks from where they got run over by a tank. Writers? We get to show people the scar from our carpel tunnel surgery. They get car chases. We get to tell people about that time one of the wheels feel off the office chair.

I guess it’s really all in how you look at it. When it comes to the Big Book (notice the capital "B’s"), there’s only one right way to look at it, and that’s with a desire to learn from it and to do what it says. Psalm 119:12-16 says, “Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”

God’s Word. That’s where we find real life perspective. And okay, so we may never learn those fancy whip moves or win a shoot-out or tackle a tank—or whatever. But that whole saving the world thing? The One who wrote the book tells us that Jesus already has that one covered anyway!

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