February 2, 2009 – Dead and Rotten

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing.”

Ben Franklin said this is the 1700’s, and I found most of the quotation on Facebook on the page of a writer named Linda Massey Weddle. Linda has written books and articles and curriculum for AWANA. I’m sure she writes because she wants her life to count for the Lord. Her father, Craig Massey was a pastor, radio speaker, and writer. Though he was legally blind, he dictated his articles to his wife who typed them for him. Linda’s son Jeff also writes for publication. Though I have never met this family, I have been blessed by their writing. I feel a commonality with them because they have all written articles for Regular Baptist Press as I have.

This quote challenges me too. When I am dead and looking down from heaven, probably few will remember my name past my family and a few friends. But I long to do something that will leave a lasting influence. Writing can actually live on after the author’s life is over.

My biggest fear in life is living in a way that doesn’t matter much. I want my life to count for Christ. I hope I can encourage people through my writing for many years to come.

Here’s another quote from Ben Franklin. “Well done is better than well said.” I want to be a good writer, growing in my craft each year. But more important than my ability is my character. Lord, may my life count–by what I write as well as who I am.