work for an aerospace company serving the Department of Defense. We,
with our military customers, try to stay one step ahead of America’s
enemies—both foreign and domestic. By evening, I have little energy
left to offer God, my wife, other family, friends, neighbors, or my two
I’ve read other writers’
success-oriented formulas for effective and efficient time management,
but I do not offer any such advice, because I’ve failed at every
discipline attempted; however, as a family man and part-time author
with a full-time job, I rely on God to provide snippets of time to
write. I write when I can, most often when I fly from one meeting to
another. While other passengers relax—some reading an engaging thriller
or warming romance—the story characters roaming in my head demand
attention and keep my weary being from a much-needed nap.
I want to address two tightly
coupled topics: 1) the call God has placed upon the life of a writer,
and 2) passion for the subject matter.
Does the Lord want me to be the
person described in Psalm 45:1, “the pen of a ready writer”? I do not
know. Is it my passion? Maybe, but not the way our culture understands
the term. I’ll apply one dictionary definition for passion:
“the object of someone’s intense interest or enthusiasm.”
I enjoy writing; however, God
has invested a stronger passion in me: What does it mean to be an
American . . . not only on the Fourth of July but every day?
Americans are a people conceived in liberty. Out of the American Civil
War tragedy, we became further defined as citizens willing to sacrifice
our lives so others may experience God’s blessing of liberty. I am intensely
interested and enthusiastic about doing everything within my
being to preserve God’s liberty not only for myself and my family but
for generations to come.
I swore a solemn oath to defend
America’s Constitution—the exceptional code of God’s liberty for all
American citizens. No other nation has as its firm foundation the
proposition that God created all men, and all women, equal. I am
willing to lay down my life, as Christ did for me, to protect what God
has given in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, for in
Him I find true life and liberty as I surrender to His governance.
I write for a liberty-conscious
audience—people who understand that God created us equal, that He
granted the right to live, and that His Holy Scriptures reveal His
desire for us to live with His liberty and use it to do good in this
world. When we exercise faith and treat others with loving-kindness, we
please Him and experience happiness.
It is an understatement to say
that America, the Christian nation, is in trouble. It is more difficult
to explain why. The mainstream media parrots symptoms. Politicians, who
are paid well but often do little, accuse any who disagree with their
agenda. And pedigreed persons from institutions of higher
indoctrination offer green, save-the-planet solutions.
I choose to pray, listen, and
obey the Almighty.
I suspect all writers depend, in
part, on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately,
many may not recognize the systematic war our enemies wage against that
well-crafted and possibly inspired document. Those hostile to our
declared foundational cornerstone—“All men are created equal”—desire to
control all messages, essays, and thoughts offered in the marketplace
of ideas in the guise of “political correctness.”
But I believe Jesus Christ has
given me something to write
about—something I’m willing to lose everything for, including my life
if necessary. Therefore, if I do not convey the message that “God’s
liberty matters” in everything I write, then I should throw my pen
away. If I do not declare, “It was for freedom’s sake Christ died to
set us free,” then I should stop speaking. If I fail to teach my
children and my children’s children that America is good
exceptional—the only nation on earth that holds to the truth “All men
are created equal”—and that we must preserve this great gift for future
generations, then I should stop wasting not just my time but God’s.
I need passion for my
subject matter, I ask God to cultivate it in every fiber of my being. I
beg Him to grow His courage in the good soil of my life. After I pray
with gut honesty, I write as if my words are His and trust that He
knows what readers need.
How did I recognize the passion
God created in me? I rely on the principle “In the beginning, God
created” (Gen. 1:1 NASB). I couple this with verse 26: “Let Us make man
in Our image, according to Our likeness.” A key character attribute of
God is His creative nature. Creating and
co-creating (v. 28) seem important to Him.
As a writer, I enjoy the
creative process. More important, I appreciate the co-creative process.
I surrender my being into God’s hands and become more of a scribe
taking dictation from what He inspires, rather than struggling in my
own strength to make up something. When I am stuck, I pray and ask
honest questions. Does my writing glorify God? Does my writing inspire
others to live a life more pleasing to God? Have I shown His goodness?
For example, a friend of mine
has a passion for creating wonderful meals. He uses seven different
kinds of salt. For my friend, it is natural to cook and serve others
the fabulous dinners that he creates, or co-creates, with his Maker.
Another example comes from the
movie Good Will Hunting where the main character
used Beethoven to explain his mathematic abilities. He said Beethoven
could just play—co-creating moving, exciting, and inspirational music.
For Will Hunting, complex math problems were simple and fun.
For me, writing comes easy. I do
not know why. In Chariots of Fire, the main
character, missionary and 1924 Olympic runner Eric Liddell, says, “When
I run, I feel His pleasure.”
I love to write. It is my joy,
and I feel His pleasure in the process. I am confident He will make a
way for what I have written to benefit others as I co-create with Him
something of value.
“Author by Night”? Author
anytime, I say. When He calls me to pick up the pen or pound the
keyboard, it does not matter what time of day or night it is. I will
answer. I will co-create with the Creator of the universe, even if I am
stuffed into an Airbus 319 middle seat.