I know I’m not usually here on Friday, but — surprise! — here I am … a Five Minute Friday on Friday. Don’t get used to it, though, Next week it will probably be a Saturday post.
Most of you know what Five Minute Friday is, but as a quick review, it’s a chance for a group of dedicated writers to get together weekly to write on a one word prompt for five minutes. Nothing fancy. Nothing too deep [unless that’s the direction we writers are convicted to do]. Technically, no edits — including spelling and grammar — although I’m sure we all fudge on that one. I know I do. When I just let my fingers wander, they often can’t keep up with my free range mind and the gibberish on the screen needs deciphering. And we do it all in five minutes! [Well, that’s the goal, although I’ve been known to go a tad beyond at times.]
It all starts with a Twitter party Thursday night where the prompts come to life. I actually “chaperoned” that party last night. Then it’s work time.
The exciting part is after we post, we share. We visit Kate’s spot on Facebook at http://www.fiveminutefriday.com and link our words before settling in to read the remarkable takes on the prompt word from other writers in the group. I encourage you to visit as well, even if you’re not inclined to join in. It is painless … and so rewarding.
As an extra inducement, I’ve been including testimonials on Five Minute Friday from other contributors as collected in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Flat. This week’s it’s by Ashley. May her words sway you to give us a look.
“FMF is a writing home. I love the writers there because they care more about people than platform, more about encouraging than success.”
So, there you have it, I guess it’s time to get to work. The prompt this week is WHO. The timer is set for five minutes. GO …
Who … am I?
I am a widow, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I am a happily retired newspaper publisher. I am a writer and published author. I am currently in the process of publishing a second book. I sometimes fill in at the pulpit, but readily know I am flawed and only saved through the grace of God.
I am not … a hero. I am not extraordinary. I am not a preacher or teacher. I am not fettered to this life.
Who am I?
I’m just an ordinary Joe walking through this life and sharing it with you. I generally have a half-full attitude. I enjoy storytelling and a good, clean joke. And I walk along side my best fried, Jesus, who often has the task of holding me up and keeps me moving forward. I know … STOP
… anything I may have achieved is only by using the talent God gave me, just as I know my shortcomings are through the talents God withheld from me.
I was reminded how much I am defined by my faith when reading a commentary on the Beatitudes. Christian faith is a way of living based on the firm and sure hope that meekness is the way of God, that righteousness and peace will finally prevail, and that God’s future will be a time of mercy and not cruelty. So, blessed are those who live this life now, even when such a life seems foolish, for they will, in the end, be vindicated by God.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: If you get a promise from God and hear 100 no’s, hold on until you get that one yes.