Sharing is Caring
It is assumed that the ones that are engaged in this book are aspiring to enter into the writing ministry, or intend to be associated with it in some close fashion. If that is indeed you, then you stand on the threshold of rich and real experiences that shall eternally-direct the course of your life from here on out.
How wonderful is it that you should come into the fellowship of those who travel in such large company, and yet you must still walk alone?
Sharing is Caring!
I am firm believer that the most important job and/or duty in life is that which is involved in the office or work of the ministry. In this office/work no one may enter in without first being called unto by the Most High. Consider Hebrews 5:4 “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.”
The Apostolic Church recognizes a necessity of a divine call, and quite frankly, it is considered improper and dishonest (characteristics that do not make up a Christ-like individual) for anyone to take upon himself the work and duty of a messenger of Christ without first being divinely called.
No one, no religious organization, or church leader can tell someone that they have been called to any certain ministry. In other words, any applicant for ministry must first know and feel in his/her own heart that he has been called by God.
Therefore, the writing ministry is not altogether a learned profession. And we can call it a profession in that it should carry with it ethics and respect due to the honour of its field. However, the ministry is more than a profession, but a vocation, and that of a sacred calling.
In the words of J.T. Pugh (Author of For Preachers Only):
“It is not a pursuit chosen from among many equally obligatory, but one accepted upon the persuasion and conviction that 'I have been called to preach/write.' While Christ was upon this earth, He selected from a larger group of disciples those who were later to minister the Word, but He did not transfer to them the right of appointing their successors. This prerogative He still retains, and He calls His ministers now, as He did then.”
Sharing is Caring!...
By William Ballard
I was very young when the call to writing spoke to my heart and spirit. However, my ears where not very open to the voice of that call. Several of my English teachers back in high school would tell me that I had a very particular way with words, and that I should really consider a career in writing. Back then I really never gave the idea of writing as a profession much thought, and what those teachers told me ended up becoming more and more of a distant echo for many years.
You see, back then I was more interested in sports and I had the childlike desire and dream to become the first Hispanic to be in the NBA. I was more interested in fulling my ego and really thinking only of myself.
Once reality began to set in, I realized that my dreams of NBA stardom was really never going to happen. It was not what God made me for. You see, I believe that true success is less about how much money you make or how expensive your possessions are and more about being able to say that you are living your purpose and achieving your God-given destiny.
God made us to be contributors to the world around us, and not to live lives that are always take, take, take in spirit. We were made for something so much bigger than ourselves.
Back in high school I never saw writers and authors in the same way that I saw sports athletes. In other words, to be completely honest with you, I saw sports athletes as people who made more money than writers. As I said earlier, back then I was thinking more about myself and less about my contributions to the world and others around me. I had a more selfish viewpoint about writing.
But then several years later….