“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.” – John Adams
I never realized until I began writing “In My Mirror – The Face of Jesus” that it can be a way of fanning the flames of my passion.
I have long thought that we, as Christians, do not take Jesus coming as a man seriously. Instead, we ‘pretend’ to accept that he was human, all the while ascribing to him qualities that are super-human. This is not to say that he wasn’t God in the flesh. I think we all know that. But I also believe that we miss the point in not accepting his human-ness.
He experienced the same human feelings, senses and emotions that we do when he walked on earth.
Why are we so afraid to accept his human qualities as they were?
In writing the book, I fell in love all over again with the man that he was on earth. The gospel accounts of everything that he did and felt took on new meaning and sparked passion inside of me that I had not experienced in years. The sacrifice he made for us became more real to me as I discovered who he really was while in the flesh.
I challenge you to read any of the gospel stories with an eye upon his human status. You might be surprised what you see.
I know I was.
My writing became a passionate endeavor – a learning experience. I see more of Jesus now than I ever did in years of Sunday School and church services. I don’t know that it would have happened if I had not begun writing. I do want the book to be published, but if it is not, I still will have gotten closer to my Savior in the process.