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Monday, July 17, 2006

Putting Down the Giants—Part VI


Here is the conclusion of the first message given by Steve Hopkins at the recent art conference at Box R Ranch. In a couple of days we will begin the second message.

Are you a writer?

Were you put on this earth to be a painter? A poet? A songwriter? A musician?

Only you can answer that question.

But if you are, consider this:
In the movie, “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner goes back in time to the seventies to find an old doctor played by Bert Lancaster named Dr. Graham who played one inning in the minor leagues. But Dr. Graham gave up his dream of being a professional baseball player to become a physician in the small ordinary town of Chisholm. Minnesota. He fantasized what it would have been like to hit a single and stare down a sky so blue that you had to squint to see the ball.

Kostner said, “What a tragedy you never got to fulfill your dream.”

But Doc Graham said something very profound. He said, “If I had not become a doctor, that would have been a tragedy.”

If you were put on this earth with the ability to cure cancer, or write a book, or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, that will be a tragedy.

You not only hurt yourself, but you hurt and deprive everyone of your gift. And worst of all, you shame our Lord who gave you that gift.

Artists and writers are a gift to the world.

Don’t cheat us of your contribution.

Beat the giant (resistance, procrastination, and fear) and give us what you’ve got.

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Are you ready for Steve’s challenge?

Or does fear and procrastination stop you. If you need to, go back over the other posts of Steve’s message and begin taking steps to defeat that ugly ole giant. We’re not on our own in doing this. God has given us the power through His Spirit to overcome the giants of the land if we are willing to take advantage of it.

I’m making steps in doing just that. I’m beating down procrastination by actually putting words on computer one word at a time. Sometimes it like pulling them out one at a time, but if I stick at it, before long I have something of significance. And you can too, one word after another….

Enjoy the Son!

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