April 22, 2012

God Given Compulsion To Write

by Edwin A. Tindall (author's profile)



Why do I endeavor to write and keep a blog? I must openly admit that writing does not come as an enjoyment for me, and that while I can do a decent job putting ideas together, I tru;ly loathe the process. This is why even keeping a written journal is such a task, I will jot down just a couple of notes and have nothing else come through this brain of mine; so my journal becomes a dearth of one and two line entries.

So after reading this you must be asking how I generated so much material that proceeds this post. The answer is that is not all me. For the last five or six years I have had the experience of prose or poetry dancing in my mind. for instance, in the two poems i have posted, the first stanzas just popped into my thoughts and I was compelled to do something with them. In the same way I'll have the complete first paragraph of an article exist in my mind seemingly out of nowhere. I then have the burden of finishing the thoughts. I can only attribute this to be a gift of God for I know that it is not naturally within me to generate such things, but when god plants the thought and I go to work. I end up being surprised at the several hundred words that end up existing.

I tend to make a much better editor than writer, unless ir deals with my writing. That is just the plain truth of it. in High School the only way I got through my English requirement was through the miracle of a journalism class. It was wonderful, a formula existed for writing and it played to my tendency for minimalism. Generate a lead of about 25 words that give the reader as many of the five H's and W as possible, then operate an inverted pyramid of facts and quotes. I was fairly good at the use of a quote, for it made writing easier. I could use someone elses's words for the bulk of the story, i just had to arrange the puzzle of keeping everything in context. when I started this blog i was hoping to start dialogs over the content presented, so far that has yet to happen and I don't know that it ever will.

It looks like my blogs are destined to the role of editorial columns but probably as widely read as the list of ingredients of a granola bar. However the volume of readeship is unimportant, if God places a thought in my head that requires my work effort it may be for the one or two people that come across it by happenstance. The single most important thing for anyone to attian, is a personal relationship with god though hos son Jesus Christ. If what I write in any way assists that, glory must go to God. My second concern is for our modern church to see how they strayed from their first love and chased after the things of this world. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else, for that is what landed me in prison. No matter how faithful we are at attending sunday m,orning services and the occasional Wednesday night prayer meeting; if we take our eyes of four blessed lord and pursue the satisfaction of the flesh, then we have made ourselves hypocrites and made our earlier activities a mockery. To make people aware of these circumstances in their lives is why I write for it is the burden that God has placed upon my heart.


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Deblegs Posted 9 years, 7 months ago. ✓ Mailed 9 years, 7 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.

uncguy4321 Posted 9 years, 5 months ago. ✓ Mailed 9 years, 5 months ago   Favorite
Thanks for your inspirational post here, "THE GOD GIVEN COMPULSION TO WRITE." I assure you that your posts are read. As you may or may not know, the nature of the Internet and blogs in general is one of selfishness of the reader. We read and read and may find a lot of value in a post, but very few of us write the author to thank them for their post. I've been on both sides of this -- a writer and reader. So I can understand the feeling of "does anyone read this stuff?" I've found that most of the time, they will read it long after it was fresh on your mind. So, if I may, Id like to give the advice of simply writing for future readers. Even if it seems like no one is reading now, they are, and more will in the future when you've long moved on to other subjects.

I'm not one to have lengthy conversations on spirituality, other than to thank you for the message of this post -- namely taking our eyes off of God to pursue worldly desires.

Take care,


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