Posts Tagged ‘Philip Yancey’

Writing Tips From Jesus: One


But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. John 8:6

On this earth nothing we write will last. All is temporary, even the old classics are fading as new writers rise up.  In a thousand years or even a hundred who will be remembered?

 In the Bible God wrote twice.  Once with his finger reaching down to give the law on two stone tablets.  Then again as Jesus wrote with finger, this time scribbling in the sand.

When Jesus wrote men were ready to stone a woman for adultery.  Jesus made a space in time.  He slowed down the action as he scribbled and the men were changed. No one knows what he wrote.

It’s the idea that art is something unexpected and creative and creates a space in time where we can hear God.  Michael Card.

 Perhaps no one will remember our words, but if we can create a space for God though our writing our readers can be changed eternally. God can speak into that space and time.

What is your goal as a writer? Bestseller list? Fame? Few attain those goals and the satisfaction is temporary. What if we could shift our focus and write from the perspective of eternity. The best writing creates a space in a reader’s mind and heart for God to enter.

A blog, a tweet, a story written for our children, a devotional message in the church newsletter, a lesson prepared for a small group. All writing is important and at the same time all writing is just scribbling in the sand. 

Some are called to be prophetic goads, and some giants may hammer in firmly embedded nails. But the rest of us can aspire, with no tinge of shame, to scribbling in the sand.  Philip Yancey

What do you think?

Betsy and Laurie

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . Part Two


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14

We love this story by Philip Yancey:

I learned about incarnation when I kept a salt-water aquarium. Management of a marine aquarium, I discovered, is no easy task. . . You would think, in view of all the energy expended on their behalf, that my fish would at least be grateful. Not so. Every time my shadow loomed above the tank they dove for cover into the nearest shell. They showed me one “emotion” only: fear. . .

To my fish I was deity. I was too large for them, my actions too incomprehensible. My acts  of mercy they saw as cruelty; my attempts at healing they viewed as destruction. To change their perceptions, I began to see, would require a form of incarnation. I would have to become a fish and “speak” to them in a language they could understand.

A human being becoming a fish is nothing compared to God becoming a baby. And yet according to the Gospels that is what happened at Bethlehem. The God who created matter took shape within it, as an artist might become a spot on a painting or a playwright a character within his own play. God wrote a story, only using real characters, on the pages of real history. The Word became flesh.   Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew

It is amazing that God would enter the world to show us His love!

That’s something to think about.

Betsy and Laurie

Draw Near to God: Day 16


Day 16: Longing for a happy ending

He who goes out weeping

carrying seed to sow,

will return with songs of joy,

carrying sheaves with him.

Psalm 126: 4-6

We are made to crave happy endings. We want everything to end well in the movies we watch, in the books we read and especially in our own lives. But every ending is not happy.

For the happy ending is intrinsic to the life of faith, central to all we do during all of our lives. If we cannot believe in it, we are desolate indeed.  If we know in the depths of our hearts, that God is going to succeed, with each one of us, with the entire universe, then our lives will be bright with laughter, love and light.  Madeleine L’Engle

We crave nothing less that the perfect story;  And while we chatter or listen all our lives to a din of craving – jokes, anecdotes, novels, dreams, films, plays, songs, half the words of our days – We are satisfied only by the one short tale we feel to be true;  History is the will of a just God who knows us.  Reynolds Price

Revelation promises that our longings are not mere fantasies.  They will come true.  When we awake in the new heaven and new earth, we will have at last whatever we have longed for.  Somehow, from out of all the bad news in a book like Revelation, good news emerges—spectacular Good News.  A promise of goodness without a catch in it somewhere.  There is a happy ending after all.  Philip Yancey, Meet the Bible

We are made to enjoy a good story – especially one with a happy ending.  The happy ending we crave may not happen in our lifetime.  But when?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

James 4:8