Chariots Of Fire from Anchorsaway Ministries on Vimeo.
I’m never going to be a famous writer. But the idea of fame completely misses the mark. It. Is. Not. Even. Close. I won’t be famous because I won’t leave my life and live out of a car ( a la Steven Pressfield) with only essentials and a lap-top to spend all my time typing up stories and writing my first novel. I won’t be an Annie Dillard stealing away to a cabin for a year to write. So many authors have stories like this. But I confuse the act for the art. I miss the heart of the writer which is the reason they break away. The art drives them.
My search for a Pressfield quote led me back to The War of Art. I am reminded; the art is the most important thing. I write to write. I’ve been writing since junior high school (a poem was a great way to sway a girl to go out with you). Through junior high and high school I kept a journal. I am compelled to put pen to paper, a need to process and synthesize life with ink.
The struggle is to make time for family, and bills, and all the life interruptions while still writing. This is where I feel I’m not dedicated or disciplined enough. I choose other things over writing. One doesn’t become a famous writer without writing.
Its not about fame. Its about creating. God is a creator. We are created in His image. Using what we’re given blesses Him that gave it. Through my writing others come alive! The pursuit of fame is a dead end. Pleasure is the right pursuit. I am reminded of two quotes from the film, “Chariots of Fire.”
Harold Abrahams: If I can't win, I won't run!Sybil Gordon: If you won't run, you can't win.”
Eric Liddell: I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
I choose pleasure and hope you are lifted along as well.