Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN?

So, how do you want to be known?
This week in the media, we have seen a human being and his entire family turned into nothing but pathetic sound bytes, for all to hate, love, denegrate, or merely stand by and watch the meltdown occur. Charlie Sheen. For all intents and purposes, here is a man who had it all in the worldly sense, and the sand is shifting so rapidly under his feet, he's scrambling to take a stand.

I don't know about you, but I feel compelled to feel sorry for him.
Probably the last thing he wants, but for some reason, the good Lord continues to lay him and his family on my heart. Errrrghhh, one of those, pray about it whether I like it or not deals.

But let's face it. This is what we all come down to.
Do we want to be known for our rants, our meltdowns?
Or do we want to be known as someone who LIVED,
who knew HOW TO LIVE,
and who LIVED IN A WAY GOD WOULDN'T BE SAD?


It's the same with our writing. How do we want to be known?

Maybe writing erotica would net us thousands of dollars; okay, let's be honest, hundreds of thousands, but are willing to be known by that standard? And yes, this is a moral statement and stand, one which I have no problem defending.

When and if you are in the public eye, what will people say?

And if you're waiting for that day, remember this;

You ARE in the public eye every day of your life.

7 comments:

  1. This is exactly why I write what I write.=)

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  2. Excellent article. Thanks for the post. I agree.

    cb
    http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/

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  3. Greetings from Southern California

    I am your newest follower :-)

    I invite you to visit my blog and follow me :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron

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  4. Welcome, from one old geezer to another!

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  5. I agree, Linda. Those Christian authors who have changed midstream to wholesome writing are still left with an unwholesome legacy that they have to continue to publicly disclaim. I can't say how shocked I was once to open up a book by a famous Christian author only to find it was a steamy romance from before she knew Christ. It was a good lesson on the need to be careful of what and how we speak/write.

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  6. I remember doing a review of a "current" book by a Christian author, so I figured, even though it wasn't inspirational, it would be in good taste. Wrong! I think maybe it was patterned after Charlie's lifestyle, detail by detail. Yikes, red-faced and newly educated later, I decided I wouldn't write the review. My husband couldn't stop laughing at my red-face. Guess he figured at 60 years old with a military background, NOTHING was likely to shock me. Wrong! again! Whew! I may forget a lot of names, but will never forget that author's name.

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  7. Linda,

    I agree wholeheartedly! I have put down many a book when I realize there's more ugliness in it than I'm willing to expose my heart, mind and soul to. And when it comes to my own writing, I always ask myself how I'd feel if I died and found God reading my work.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Blessings,
    Deb

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