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Topic: The Critique/Review (for writers) (05/06/10)
TITLE: The Reviewatitudes
By Colin Swann
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Blessed are you when you are disappointed by your writing efforts and your lack of brilliance. Rejoice that others will stand with you and comfort you with their testimonies of similarity. Avoid being discouraged by those who are writing better than most, but look to them to give you honest encouragement, advice and help. You are blessed indeed if a gifted mentor comes alongside you to review your efforts and train you for my writing service.
Blessed are you when critics treat your efforts harshly and wrongly speak of your work for my name's sake. Rejoice that you are suffering at their hands – they are the ones who hate those who write for my glory. They will speak well of you if you stoop to join them. You will do well to resist this temptation and serve only me. They have their reward: the praise of men! Resist their efforts to bring you down to their level.
Blessed are you when others toss your finished work on the fire, for humanity has also treated my Word with similar disdain. Rejoice that you are being withstood by a world that cannot stand the truth, so resolve to stand for me alone. Seek my approval and not the acclaim of others - man cannot serve two masters – a true servant will follow only me and not another. When the world praises you then know you have ceased to write for me. Serve me and my people with your writing!
Blessed are you when you are falsely accused and attacked for being honest in recording the truth. Rejoice in your sufferings knowing that false prophets accused me likewise. Brood over your work and look neither to the left nor right but steadfastly write for me and shun all their cruel words. Remember your body is a living sacrifice to me. Be my hands and mouth to a dying world. All other efforts are unworthy in a true servant of mine.
Blessed are you when you are kind and even handed in your criticism of the work of others. Rejoice for a reward will be reciprocated by my own hand. Great works fail because of selfish ambition – I would esteem a child's scribble above the greatest masterpiece of a Godless genius. My truth is written in my blood and I will not stamp a person's work who omits it or bless those who are ashamed to write of my truth. Servant, be faithful to me!
Blessed are you my peacemaker for you are truly serving me the Prince of Peace. Rejoice at how you can offer hope to tormented writers who are languishing for respite and encouragement. Your service is not your creative ability but it is the ministry of reconciliation that I have entrusted to you. Make your works count and portray my eternal love and forgiveness to all. How can you write for me if you have an unresolved offence against another? Encourage my saints!
Blessed are you who have been called to the ministry of writing. Rejoice when you can state in honesty that you are writing solely for me. Lift up those who are bowed down by unkind criticism and thoughtlessness and be my representative to raise them up and spur them on to new creative endeavors. Be willing to esteem another's work rather than your own and know your true worth by letting me be the final judge of all things and seek above all else: My Approval and Praise!
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