I recently read a passage of scriptures in Matthew 6 that stated:
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." - Matthew 6:1-4
While this passage is self explanatory, I found a deeper, more personal meaning in it. Through spiritual growth I have learned that my silence is more powerful than a plethora of words. I have learned when to speak and how to speak. I am learning the importance of choosing my words carefully because I do not always know who is listening. I do not boast about what I have done in a manner that will make others small. I do not do things for show, form, or fashion. I choose to focus my energy on serving God and doing what God tells me to do rather than what I think will look good to man. I can go with out praise because God gets all the glory. I don't have the need to flaunt my blessings or make others feel small because they don't have what I have. So why write about it? Why share my story and struggles with the world if I'm not flaunting or boasting?
I write for 2 reasons. The first is to give God the praise and credit for everything. My writings are my way of sharing what God has given me to tell and getting His message to those who have never opened a Bible or set foot in a church. I write to inspire and to prompt thinking that will ask the question "What must I do to be saved?". God gives us each talents and wants us to use them. The sad part is that many don't or they use them for selfish gain. My writings aren't about a quick buck or a huge pay day. My reward is in Heaven. I write to get closer to God and to give others an opportunity to get to know God through Jesus Christ.
The second reason is my daughter. I write so that when I'm gone, she will know whose her mother was. I write so she will learn about God's greatness through my words. I write so that she can see a Proverbs 31 woman in action. I write so that her definition of womanhood comes from God's creation. I write so that my daughter will always know how much her mother loves God, loves her, and loves life. I write because her smile gives me hope that no matter how dark the clouds are, my angel is there to cheer me up. I use my talents to demonstrate the strength and preserverance that our ancestors instilled in us. Finally, I write because of love. Love keeps me going. Love keeps me
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