The Remarkable Truth About Writing in a Monumental Transformative 21st Century

We live in a busy world on the move amid a hodge-podge of multiple cultures and different generations working together to achieve the boss’s goals. A happy boss makes a happy you. Rapidly changing technology demands that we become continuous learners, adapting to the new ways of communicating and performing work. Artificial intelligence and robots are on the horizon threatening to alter how we live, work, and play. Maybe ‘threatening’ is the wrong word. But be sure, change is coming.

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How will these changes affect you as a writer? Technology has changed how we write. We are far removed from the days of feather plumes and inkwells. I recall how dramatic having a word processor instead of a ribbon typewriter was for me as a young aspiring writer. Now as an aging aspiring writer, they have apps for that.

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Our multi-generational, cross-cultural world will influence the type of characters we write about and the stories we tell about them. How can they not? As a kid writer, I conjured up several aliases and pen names I could write under, since I didn’t see a bunch of books on the public library shelves written by authors with strange-sounding, odd-spelled names. In comparison, today my name doesn’t seem as out-of-place as more and more international writers are finding space on the local bookshelves.

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Advancements in technology have also made publishing more accessible to more people. This is both good and bad. The publishing houses do act as a filter, working diligently to ensure a certain quality of writing is published. However, you don’t necessarily need a publisher today. You can self-publish. Of course, this means you gotta get out and hustle to sell your books since you don’t have the marketing department of a publishing house behind you. Distribution is another challenge. Go to your local bookstore and tell ‘em you wrote a book and you’d like them to sell it. Odds are that won’t happen. Plus, with everybody and their dog being able to publish, there’s a lot of junk that gets in the way of skillful writing by people who have worked hard at their craft. But hey…who am I to judge. Creativity is a good thang, right? And that’s the truth.

Keep on writing…I believe in you.

~TDG

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Working Our Garden

I am passionate about faith, life, and work.

Throughout my journey, God has provided me with different work. While I did not always see it at the time, God was at work, weaving His plan in my life. Work is an important concept, discussed often in the Bible.

Early in Genesis, Scripture reveals work as part of the Lord’s created order in the World. Work is not a result of the Fall, for the concept of tending the garden and cultivating the Earth is mentioned in advance of the Fall in Genesis, Chapter 2.

Genesis 2:5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground (NIV).

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it (ESV).

We are called to do the work which the Lord has provided for us and designed us to do. We are to do it for His glory, with all enthusiasm and excellence. All work doesn’t look the same. All work doesn’t reward or compensate equally. But Scripture tells us that the result of our work here will ultimately perish. It is not the results of our labors that we should be focused on, but rather the attitude of our hearts in doing the work the Lord has given us to do in whatever season we are doing it.

Scripture says we are to work “unto the Lord”, not solely for the sake of impressing or pleasing people. Whether we are a leader or a follower, an employer or an employee, we are each accountable for the work we are entrusted with stewarding. We must ask ourselves “how am I tending the garden today?” and “for whom am I tending it?”.

In the 21st century, thanks to rapid advancements in technology, the way we work is changing. To paraphrase the Oldsmobile commercial, “This isn’t your Daddy’s work.” While the way we work and how we work have changed so much that it doesn’t resemble what work was like in our father’s generation, we should keep our hearts and minds attuned to the truth that whatever work we are doing, we are doing “our Father’s work”.

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A good friend used to remind me that in whatever we are doing today we can point people to Jesus or push them away. Let the work of your hands and feet shine the light of the Gospel unto those you meet through the work you are doing today.

As a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science degree in Managerial Science, I have the privilege of studying work. In the last year, I have been able to learn a great deal through my study of how we work, why we work, when we work, and where we work. I hope that I can apply what I am learning as I continue my journey of life and faith.

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