"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


Why? Monday Manna

This week, Vonnie is hosting Monday Manna, so be sure to pop over to My Back Door and read the other entries, and link up if you want to participate.

Here's today's verse.
"Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you." 1 Samuel 12:24
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Mine are below.


Sometimes staying in God's will can be...well...hard. Temptations to follow our own plan - the easier way to our goals (which, of course, may or may not be His goals)- are everywhere. And we want the easy way. Many of us may not want to admit it, but it's true.

Why study hard when you can cheat and get the same - or a better - result? Why study missions when you can make a lot more money in some other field? Why share your faith with your annoying coworker when it could cause even more conflict?

Before you answer those questions, let's put the shoe on the other foot.

Why come to earth as a baby when it would be so much easier to stay in heaven? Why be tempted by Satan when You have the power to make him leave You alone? Why have a disciple follow You for three years only to betray You when You could have simply not chosen him in the first place? Why submit to scourging, whipping, and death on the cross when You could have called a legion of angels to save You with just a thought?

Why NOT take the easy way? Why should I fear the Lord and serve Him with all my heart?

Because of the great things He has done for me.


Thanks for reading! Be sure to stop by Vonnie's blog for more Monday Manna.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. Wow--you really know how to write with an impact:) Great post!!

  2. I agree with Tiffany Joanne. I like how you flipped on on us to look at the why(s) in regards to Jesus.


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