There are some truly great writers in the world. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.
Sure, I can spin a yarn. I love to tell stories and, after the dust settles, most of what I write is actually worth reading. Why? Because passion moves things into greatness before talent does.
Yes, it’s my passion for the pen and addiction to ink that makes my stuff worth reading. God loves to use passion for greatness. Because of this, you don’t have to be great to really be great.
Is Willie Nelson a great singer? No, and if you don’t believe me, listen to what a train wreck he sounds like next to Julio Iglesias in “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.” Despite the gravel in his voice, to millions of people, it doesn’t matter if he’s a great singer, he’s just great.
Do you aspire to greatness? Find your passion. Discover how it can be used to bring people to Christ.
Passionate about music? Write songs about Jesus and sing them to people without hope. Love motorcycles? Jump on your Harley and go to rallies where non-believers congregate. Passionate about fishing? Invite the unsaved to go out on your boat, then tell them about how God not only loved to fish, but has a real soft spot for fishermen.
You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side. – Psalms 71:20-21
Your passions are yours and yours alone. Only when you find them, will you be able to tap into your greatness. If I put my writings side by side with Truman Capote, Harper Lee or Larry McMurtry, I might look like a train wreck too. But, like Willie, I’m not trying to be any of these people. On most days, it feels good to be me. It is all I have to work with, so I’m determined to be happy about it.
Are you? If you’re not happy with who you are, find your passion and turn it into greatness for the Kingdom!
From my book: Best of the Brewer