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“Let us make a name for ourselves” Genesis 11:4b

I am a writer, by passion if not by trade. I’d like to be one by trade. At first, I told myself that it didn’t matter, that I’d keep writing even if I never get published. The second part is true. Writing is part of who I am. But I had to admit that I do want to get published. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to be published. I think it’s a noble and worthy goal. But the question is, who am I writing for? What am I writing for? Do I want to get published so I can make a name for myself? Or do I want to get published so others can hopefully draw closer to God through my words. I told God, the first time I sent off a query letter, that I only want to be published if it’s His will, to bring Him glory. That’s why the rejection letters don’t hurt so much.

I think many times it’s not what we do that’s the problem, it’s why we do it. I don’t think it was building the city with the tall tower per se that was the problem. It was why they did it. They didn’t want to spread out over the earth, as God commanded. It sounded to me like they thought if they banded together, building a tower that reached into heaven itself, they could beat God at His own game. They’d be the ones calling the shots. It would be their name above everything, not His. How foolish. And yet, how many times are we guilty of the same sentiment, if not the same expression of it. How many times do we take the glory that is God’s alone and ascribe it to ourselves.

Oh how I pray that I always do what I do for the glory of His name, not mine.


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