Writing Is the Good Kind of Hard

By July 20, 2012 faith One Comment

Because writers write, you would think that working on a writing project would then be easy.

Wrong.

It’s not easy. It’s hard, but at least it’s the good kind. I think writers are merely willing to labor longer than others, moving words about and deleting them and starting all over again until they make some sort of sense.

At least, that’s my experience as a writer.

Andrew Murray’s The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life continues to speak to me as I labor long on my writing project. Follow these quotes from Murray based on the life of Moses. I find in them much that applies to the writing life.

“Moses asked God what he was to say to the people.”

“Prayer is an index of the spiritual life, and how its power depends upon my relation to God and the consciousness of being his representative. He entrusts his work to me.”

“Our first lesson must be the sense of impotence.”

“Take the decision to live entirely to be a channel for God’s blessing to flow through you to the world.”

“God seeks men through whom he can bless the world, Say definitely: ‘Here am I; I will give my life to this.’ ”

“Give yourself as wholly to men as to God, and set your eyes open to a sense of the needs of a perishing world.”

This is the sort of writing life I want to live. I am impotent, but God is able.

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