I said in the two previous assays on this topic was true, but was it the whole
truth? I suppose I could turn that over and ask, is it likely that you'll ever
get the "whole" truth from any human witness? One of my truths was that
I became a writer (editor of the Nanty Glo Journal specifically) because
my brief dabble in becoming an on-air broadcast personality didn't produce instant
success. I could just as truthfully write that I became a writer because it beats
mining coal or being a steel worker, at least in the perceptions of my Blacklick
Valley youth. All true, but not the whole truth. I could have been discovered
when I starred in the high school variety show and been given a shot at the Sullivan
Show, but that didn't happen either, so what I was left with was writing.
more truthfully, I'm a writer because God ordained it. That's not putting blame
for any of my writing shortcomings or failures, but just to affirm that if there's
a God and if He's in our livesas I believeit couldn't be otherwise.
Which leads to the main reason, I believe, I'm a writer,
all the other reasons notwithstanding. It's because that as a young Christian
I found it difficult to share my faith orally, other than in a "public speaking"
context, where speaking is much easier to me than speaking to one person or a
small group in dialog. Writing my testimony, my apologetic for the things I believe
and have known, is easier. In speaking I may break down emotionally or I may quake
in my boots and get tongue-tied (a problem that has been compounded by the stroke
I had five years ago). But when I can write it I can be as emotional as the subject
requires or suggests without "losing it," and if I get tongue tied (which
happens on the keyboard, also) I can take my time and rewrite, edit, and rewrite
before I send it to anyone to read.
Every Christian is an
evangelist, someone who must be a witness to the effects of the spiritual rebirth
in his or her life. And each one is enjoined to have an apologetica ready
answerwhen anyone asks for an account of the hope that's within and sustains
us. My best crack at that is and always has been to put it in writing.
complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005
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