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Monday, April 11 2005
Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Another reason
I became a writer

All 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.

Even 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 lives—as I believe—it 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 apologetic—a ready answer—when 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.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

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Thought for today

45 Natural Highs

Think about them one at a time before going on to the next one.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
11. Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!).
12. A bubble bath.
13. Giggling.

Sent by Jules Nagy  

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