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I’m trying to decide what parts of the last few weeks deserve mention. A return to song writing, the beginning of a new novel, a cartoon-ish fall, unexpected opportunities, or more words about my beautiful niece… I have been here, there, and everywhere, coming face to face with new realities and critical decisions. And now the best words I can find to describe what I’ve learned were not penned by me, but by Grandmaster Writer Lloyd Alexander.

“I make nonsense of the world to help others make sense of it.”

This quote (found in Westmark) is the very essence of why I write fiction. There are enough things I want to say and teach that I could very well litter the shelves with instructionals, self-help books, and devotionals. But the deepest things I learn in reading are found in the struggles of fictional characters, struggles deeper than the words used to describe them. These characters wrestle with things on paper as I wrestle with them in my mind–sometimes unaware that the battle even rages. I take shelter in fiction, daunted by even the task of blogging fact. I can describe the lives of others, but not my own.

“I make nonsense of the world to help others make sense of it.”

There is a truth that rings out in fiction, clear if you open your ears to hear it. Sweet and bitter at once. In the same breath, bold and understated. And it is this truth that keeps me writing, keeps me reading, keeps me searching. I think story-telling, with its power to embolden the hearer and enrich the speaker, is one of the greatest gifts God gave us. Stories make us laugh and weep and celebrate and grieve. They provide context for situations that would otherwise overwhelm us. And, in all things, if you look beneath the surface of a good story, you’ll find a clear pointer to the eternal God who laid the foundations of the Earth and crafted each soul. So if the last few weeks have helped me rediscover anything, it is that stories are a medium worth a life’s work.

“I (will) make nonsense of the world to help others make sense of it.”

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The internet is not always good, but sometimes it is. People who do not know each other can unite to accomplish tasks because of the internet. Heroes in books are thrust into the same circumstances, are forced to bond with each other and then take on the enemy. But now we can choose to collaborate with people we do not know. On that note, check out of the song, Mathew 7. If it gets in the Top 5 views in the contest, its composer, Andrew Cunningham–a fellow rebelutionary, will donate $10,000 to a student-led missions organization. Most heroes have to give months of their lives to a cause. You just have to give a few minutes and be refreshed along the way. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfych1zWsc

One of the hardest things for my generation of fellow teenagers (and everyone, really) is realizing that it is not okay to be passive. And further realizing that we are actually in a war. The first verse of Mathew 7 talks about problems and questions and selfish impatience–where the typical character starts out. Self-absorbed and yet aware that something is not right. The second verse says, “This is a me generation. I am selfish to the core. I want to put your kingdom first. I want to know you more. There is a battle that’s inside of me. God, I need the key to victory. And looking in Your Word is where I’ve found…” I will let you listen to the song to find the answer in the chorus.

The battle is raging around us and a few people and teenagers (like Andrew Cunningham) scattered across the world realize this. You do not have to step into a fantasy book to make a difference or to wage a war. Its waging around you and you are being drawn into it. Pick up your sword and fight! I may never fight a real dragon like the characters in my book, Issym. And I may never battle alongside a talking frog. But God has put me on this Earth for a unique purpose in a war that has raged for centuries and beyond and I had better do my job. But be encouraged by the chorus of this song because my God is a mighty God, Who is fighting right alongside us and never gives us more than we can bear.

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