Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe

Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

From Athens to Corinth

How often do we agonize over an anticipated event only to find when the event has come and gone, we’ve wasted time imagining the worse?

That’s what Paul must have felt when he left Athens headed for Corinth. His experiences in Athens were not confidence boosting. They actually zapped his confidence. Few of the Athenians got Paul’s message. They only embraced the fact that this was another way to think. I’m sure the time alone traveling the distance between the two cities provided a lot of quiet time. Paul could have either wallowed in his low self-esteem or brought his concerns to Jesus. We see Paul’s different approach when he addresses the Corinthians. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 we see a Paul totally dependent on Jesus, one who is weak and trembling with fear.

If you’re a writer and the thought of the upcoming ACFW conference makes your knees shake and your palms sweat. Or if you’ve got a gut-wrenching decision you’re struggling with. Or if you’re battling a never-ending foe and are exhausted, remember Paul’s approach to Corinth. It was when he was at his weakest that God stepped in and used him to minister to the Corinthians. Here we see Paul as someone like us. Take heart, if God used a human like Paul with insecurities and self-doubt, he can use you the same way.

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Mirtika said...

Wanted to offer congratulations, Marian, on your GENESIS double win. I hope Warner's is offering on the manuscript like NOW. :)


Kaye Dacus said...

Wow, Marian! Congratulations. I am so excited for you--and praying you'll quickly be INELIGIBLE for next year's contest and seated at one of the tables at the book signing signing your hot-off-the-press novel! I'll be the first in line for an autograph.