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10 March 2006
  Getting Back to 20-20

La Shawn Barber gives us a look inside her talent-filled head and her considerable thinking abilities as she considers her focus and direction as writer and blogger. The following paragraphs are my response to her LBC Retooling post.

Blogging is both vocational and avocational for me. However, personal letters (both electronic and snail-mail) can be neglected and other forms of writing — also other reasons for writing — may be lost. I've been a good writer and editor for years; high school and college publications, caring parents, dedicated teachers, and personal skills and inclinations all contributed.

However, a "Writing for the Church" workshop through Concordia Publishing House and the following opportunities to write sermons, prayers, and devotions for publication both sharpened my writing chops and made me more attentive to many of life's other details. Learning as an adult because I wanted to and then being given opportunity to put the skills into practice helped immensely.

The pages I need to fill involve family and congregation: I am husband, father, and pastor above all. But when writing enters the picture, I want it to be the best I have to offer.

You've reminded me and many others of the joy of vocation fulfilled and new or expanded vocations granted by our gracious God. The marvel is that when we approach any of our tasks with open eyes and thankful hearts, all of our skills learn and grow from the effort and from the God who blesses them.
 
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I'm glad you liked that, too. LaShawn really practices Luther's doctrine of vocation. And very well!

The ole Aardvark also does a good job of firing up the troops to acheive higher goals!
 
You're making me blush.
 
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