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April 11, 2012 / joelmalm

I Deleted My Masterpiece!

For over two years I worked tirelessly on writing a book.  I was convinced it was going to change the world.  It was my magnum opus.  When the book was finally finished I set it aside, knowing that very soon God would wake a publisher up in the middle of the night and tell them to call me.  The world needed this book.

While the manuscript waited patiently on my hard drive to be released upon the earth something happened.  I preached an eight-week series on Joseph (the one in Genesis).  It shook me up.  The next time I opened my manuscript I realized something – I didn’t believe what I had written anymore.  I had to stretch the scriptures too much to make it fit my book.

When we are faced with truth we have two choices.  We can surrender to it and change our beliefs, or we can resist it and hold on to old paradigms.  Tragically, I think I often choose to hold on to my paradigms.  I face the truth every day when I read my Bible and I regularly brush over the parts that contradict what I currently hold to.

I lose when I do that.

It’s really important that we constantly analyze what we believe and make sure we are getting our cues from the Bible – not the media, or books, or the talking heads on TV.  If you find something in the Bible to be a bit uncomfortable as you read it, that’s usually a good sign that what you believe may be in conflict with the truth.  I encourage you to choose truth – even if that means deleting that 300-page magnum opus on your hard drive.

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  1. Duane Rod / Apr 11 2012 4:49 pm

    Whoa! Serious stuff here buddy; did you really delete the book?

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