Archives for May 2012

1 Timothy 4:11-16

Tara Alemany, Author and Speaker

11 Command and teach these things. 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Over this past week, I’ve connected with and started to get to know another fellow Word Weaver. His name is Tony Trendl. He started WW last year, just as I did, and is looking forward to honing his craft through this experience.

He posted on Facebook yesterday, his commitment to have every unpublished (but ready) piece of his submitted somewhere at all times until they are all published. So, even as he writes new material, he’s juggling the process of taking his backlog of written pieces and submitting them, following up on them, etc.

I was struck by his tenacity and capacity to accept the rejections we both knew are coming. We commiserated that it’s always easier to get a rejection if there’s also feedback as to what we can do better. But that’s not often provided to us.

The same is true in life. We put our best foot forward, and hope that it’s enough, never knowing until we meet God face-to-face whether our efforts will be found wanting or not.

Paul exhorted Timothy not to neglect his gift. I think in the crush and busy press of our lives, it’s easy to forget to set time aside to write. Yet, for each of us here, we have to remember it’s a gift we’ve been given by God. We’re not to neglect it or any of the other gifts He’s given us. We’re to be diligent in perfecting our writing, giving ourselves wholly to the task, and allowing everyone to see the progress we make.

When Tony started sharing the rejection notices he was getting, I didn’t know whether to “like” them or not. But as I saw how he viewed them as stepping stones to success, I couldn’t help but to appreciate his transparency.

What I love in Paul’s promise to Timothy is that if we persevere in our life and watching our doctrine closely (as we write), we will save both ourselves and our readers.

So, don’t be afraid to take time apart to exercise your gift. And don’t be afraid to share both the victories and challenges, as we will continue to learn from one another. As you do, you will be saving both yourself and us.