Entered by Esther Andrews.
‘At least you tried’. I hate the undertone. Defeatist. Sympathetic, even. Can I suggest that when you next say this to someone,you imagine that they just won a gold medal in the Olympics? Because AT LEAST THEY TRIED!
I was stunned when I watched Les Miserables recently, after getting the DVD for my birthday. The plot: a small band of rebels are fighting for the French revolution. Others have failed to rally and support them, but they stand firm. However, the French Army overpower the group almost effortlessly. Finally, the leader Enjolras is cornered and left with no chance to escape. Trapped, he seizes a flag and holds it up victoriously….just before they shoot him.
Glorious. Enjolras’ failure to defeat the army was glorious, beyond comparison, compared to the mediocrity of those who declined to fight alongside him. In fact, his death was more victorious than many people’s lives! At least HE tried.
This display of defiance and courage would have been much admired by Ernest Hemmingway. The famous author was deeply inspired by toreadors (bullfighters), and he believed that all writers should channel their courage. Contemplating the sheer daring and passion of a toreador, it is impossible not to wonder if a writer with such qualities would indeed make the pen ‘mightier than the sword’! Do we, as Christian writers, have the courage to face failure rather than settle for mediocrity?
Christian writers must have an intrepid spirit as we venture into the digital world. Without physical boundaries, sharing what we have to say can become a deeper and more daring experience. The vulnerability and potential rejection that this brings has no parallel offline. The courage and tenacity of a bullfighter is needed.
Now for the good news: rejection can be good! “…I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Corinthians 12: 1-10 is Paul’s glorious tribute to the power of Christ, which works best when partnered with physical human weakness and tenacious faith.
Strength and courage is required of Christian writers in our digital age. Online and offline, the world is shifting and values are changing. But whatever challenges and personal weaknesses we face, we can delight in them! Christ’s power is strongest when we are at our weakest, and he is not uncertain or faltering. We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the WORD of our testimony, whether it’s online or offline.