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June 13, 2012

Plagiarise for Jesus!

Yes you heard me correctly and yes I spelled it with an “s” instead of a “z”.  [As a rule, I generally lean towards British spelling when I have the liberty.]  I was wondering what I should write about today and then it hit me—plagiarising for Jesus!  This may sound irresponsible and potentially illegal, but hear me out.  When I think of literature such as the Bible as well as other books with sound doctrine written by other men and women of God, I think of literature that is not “come up with” but rather, “downloaded” from another source.

Permission Granted

The word plagiarise means to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own; to use another’s production without crediting the source (Merriam-Webster).  As Christians and thus, as sub-creators, we possess the ability to receive divine downloads from heaven to be recorded for the inspiration, encouragement, and edification of mankind (see “Sub-Creation or Smuggled Theology”).  The Apostle Paul said this to his spiritual son Timothy:

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Those of us with the ability to write were created to do so with the blessing of God as well as the ability to receive recognition and monetary compensation for it; His only request is that we give Him the glory for the ability to write it.  He is the Creator of everything after all.


The Best Inspiration

The leading of God is the best and surest way to write, or for that matter create, anything worth writing or creating.  If one attempts to write on their own—which is not wrong in any way—if innate ability is there, great work can indeed be done.  But with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which is possible with or without being a Christian although it is much easier to come by as well as much more frequent, is the best way to avoid mediocre work and especially writer’s block.  In fact, every single time I have written under the leading of the Holy Spirit, I have never suffered a bought of writer’s block; not once.

Writing with God’s leading is a gift.  It is not like plagiarising a paper of someone else’s with or without their knowledge.  Instead, it would be as if I wrote a song and gave you the full permission to copyright and record it.  It is a privilege to be considered worthy of such a gift from such a God.  If you want to write that popular blog, winning article, or New York Times’ Bestseller, then trust God to give you the divine download you need to achieve what you must.

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June 6, 2012

Write to Connect

As a human being and especially as an entrepreneur, you absolutely need to harness the power writing to connect.  Now that connection could be to yourself or to other people, but the connection—whatever it may be, is paramount.  Let’s look at the three different ways you can connect through writing.

Connect with Yourself

Connecting with yourself through writing is absolutely important if you expect to connect with other people.  Often at the beginning of English or writing classes, the teacher/professor will have the students start of by answering a question about themselves; other times, the students are required to keep a journal.  Answering the indicated questions and keeping a journal allows the students to connect with themselves further than they would have without the journal.

I have kept a journal off and on since I was 11 or 12.  Oftentimes, I am able to look back at my journals throughout the years and see where I was—good or bad—at that time because it was plainly expressed in my writing.  Sometimes I cringe, other times I’m thrust into a state of retrospection, and other times still I am astounded at what God has brought to past or revealed to me over time.  You see, as I began to mature in Christ, I started to keep journals of that relationship specifically.

Many times God will speak to me and I will immediately record it in a journal and if I keep it before my eyes, it is an encouragement, instruction, as well as indications of what to look and hope for.  It helps me connect in my relationship to God which rebounds and allows me to connect with myself.  I also have a Promise Journal which I employ to record the manifestation of God’s [prophetic] word to me as it comes to past.  I find it very encouraging and also believe that it increases my faith and in turn encourages God to keep doing what He’s doing. It’s wonderful really!

In some cases, I will write letters.  These letters could be to God or to an actual human being.  I find that especially in these letters to other human beings, it helps me make plain and connect with my emotions and heart concerning that person and I can say things that either do not need to be said verbally or need to be tempered with wisdom, discretion, etc.  Then I either keep the letter in my journal or destroy it so no one will ever find it.  You see, these letters are more for me than they are the other person.  It helps me deal with my pain or frustration without drama or angst and then when it’s all said and done, I can throw it in the trash, shred it, or if I’m feeling particularly dramatic—burn them and flush the ashes down the toilet.  Works every time.

Journaling—whether about everyday life or you relationship with God—is an excellent way to connect with where you are spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

Connect with People

Writing to connect with people is also utterly important.  Just think if God had never decided to inspire the prophets of old and apostles of the new dispensation to write the Bible.  We would only have myths and legends passed down by word of mouth for thousands of years that would have been so skewed by the time they reached our generation that there might not have been any truth left.  But instead, God in His infinite wisdom understood the power of the pen and caused His Holy Spirit to infiltrate the minds of His people to have a living testament of His Words and will in the form of the Bible.

When any kingdom or nation wanted to implement their government and law, whether it was the ancient civilizations or newly formed democracies, each ruling class will make constitutions and decrees for the people to understand and implement.

Whether it is the business plan for your company, the manufacturer of your new shiny car, the college you apply to, or the text message from your significant other sent at just the right time, writing allows people to communicate and thus connect with other people.  We would be very likely clueless without this connection, especially in a day and age where we are always on the go, working virtually/remotely, and rely on technology to communicate on all plains.

Connect through Translation

Now that we understand the importance of writing to connect with people, we must understand the importance of translation in that connection.  When your church’s prophet stands up to deliver a message in tongues [heavenly language] chances are—and proper order indicates—that the said prophet or another prophet must translate the message so all present will understand what exactly was said in tongues.  My spiritual father his fromHonduras, but pastors inMiami,FLand in order to reach all of the people under his church and influenced by his apostolic network and ministry, he translates his books into English and Spanish.  If I were to teach a writer’s workshop inHolland, I would need a translator to interpret what I am saying to the participants and vice versa.  But translation does not just deal with different tongues of men and angels.

I visited my best friend’s law school a couple months ago and to me, the professors might as well have been speaking Chinese.  It is the same when someone starts rattling off on the topic science or math or finances.  Since I do not “speak” the languages of government, science, math, and money so I need someone to “translate” it into terms that I can understand.  And similarly I can go a million miles per hour talking about the things of the Spirit, fairytales, and weddings and you may need an interpreter because you do not speak those languages.  So you see that translation is paramount.

The Jewish Torah and the Greek Septuagint had to be translated so that people who could not read Hebrew or Greek could still know what God was saying to them.  I have a very good friend who is a private banker and I keep telling him he needs to put his wisdom and experience into a book because when he teaches and writes about finances, he puts them in terms that anyone—even children—can understand.  In my wedding blog, DA Weddings, I do not typically use highfalutin, academic, or spiritual words or terms because it’s a wedding blog. I use conversational, informal language and style of writing because that is what communicates what I need to say about weddings best.  And as you can see, I use an entirely different style of language for DA Inspires and my column, A Different Generation.  Writing styles must also be translated for the best level connection with the anticipated readers.

If we expect to make an impact in this life, we must write to connect.  Whether by blog or article, interpretation or translation, business plan or book, we must do it.

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April 25, 2012

Write to Serve

I’d like to introduce myself to those of you who may not know me. I’m Desiree M. Mondesir and I run my own virtual freelancing company, Desired Assistance (a.k.a. DA), as well as my own spin-off wedding blog, DA Weddings. As you can probably imagine, I love to write.

A Powerful Statement from a Powerful Woman

I recently and quite by chance, discovered a wonderful woman named Marshawn Evans who is a marketplace mentor and reinvention strategist who specializes in helping women leaders elevate their purpose as well as launch lucrative brand empires.  And I’ve decided that she is my new mentor-from-a-distance. She may not know me yet, but she has already impacted my life in a significant way.

(By the way, if you all do not have mentors in close proximity to you, I encourage you to adopt them from afar and allow their materials whether they are interviews, podcasts, books, blogs, etc., to mentor you from afar until you’re blessed to know them or encounter other personal mentors.)

Today I received an email from her site today and it had a clip of a radio interview she did recently.  In it, she made a point that made me cringe a little and that I think we should all consider and implement. The statement she made was:

If we look at writing as serving, that will probably change our perspective on [how we view] it”.

I was floored.  Yes, I am a writer and yes, I have three blogs—two professional, and one “soapbox”. However, the writing I’ve been saying I’ll publish and unsuccessfully attempting to do for years is becoming stale.  The books fanciful, theological, and poetical, I’ve been saying for years I’d write sit unfinished or un-started.  (Yes I just created a word. Shakespeare did it, cut me some slack!) And now with Marshawn’s weighty words settling on me, I realise the treasures, the advice, the wisdom, and the knowledge that I have—willfully—refused to serve my generation with.

Was it intentional? No. Was it somewhat discerning? Depends. Was it acceptable for me to be entirely unpublished by this point? Absolutely not.  I know I could and can do better, and now I will. I allowed immediate situations, concerns of inadequacy, and Lord knows what else stop be, but no more.

Serve Your Gift

Some of you are not necessarily meant to be publishers on the New York Times’ Best Seller list, but perhaps there’s a blogging or similar void out there that will forever remain empty until you serve your gift in your respective area.   It could be weddings or events like me, a blog for moms, book worms, or beauticians.  Maybe there’s a financial or scientific column somewhere that needs an author and it’s you. Now that you are sufficiently informed, will you continue to deny the world—either on a local or global level—your voice and gift(s) in that area?

Dr. Myles Munroe, one of the foremost voices in the world as it concerns leadership as well as the Kingdom of God, has messages and materials without number on the subject of servant-leadership.  Something I’ve heard and read him say time without end is “die empty”.  The grave yards throughout the world amass the greatest treasures in the world because it is full of people who refused for one reason or another to serve the world their gifts; they died full. I implore you not to do the same.

Serve the world your gift; die empty.

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