Irving Berlin and Empty Fulness

A friend asked me if I was worried about writing so much.  “Are you scared you might run out of ideas?”  I see his point.  Every writer fears the block.  Irving Berlin, after a lifetime of success was quoted as saying:  “Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent. Someday I’ll reach for it and it won’t be there.”  Here is a man who produced more successful work than a reasonable person would even dream about, yet he still feared it would run out.  If we write from ourselves and about the world this is a valid fear.  The Christian isn’t running on empty though.  A Christian runs from fulness toward fulness.  A Christian isn’t their own source.  In fact, the more a Christian empties themselves, the more room there is for Christ to work; for Life to produce more life.irving-berlin-corbis-660-80

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