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Monday, April 18, 2022

Only One King and None of Us are It

Disclaimer: This post isn't the typical water cooler talk for technical writers. For some, such as myself, maybe it is. So if you're looking for a post related to technical writing, feel free to skip this one. Otherwise, read on.

There's only one King and none of us are it. In a time where we can make everything about ourselves, and you don't have to look far to see this, this truth is still radical and threatens the idea that we're the center of the universe. 

So who is this King? This King is no other than Jesus Christ. He said so Himself to those who were with Him sometime after He rose from dead. See below.

"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." -- Matthew 28:18 NKJV

(If He's King, then why is this world  screwed up? Short answer: it's us. If you think this is all nonsense, that's your perogative. You're entitled to your beliefs and that's fine, but so am I.)

I'm glad He's King and I'm not. I would be a stupid king if I ruled over anything. It took me a while to see that. When I handed my life over to King Jesus, it's been freeing. I don't have to try to play this one-upmanship game with anyone anymore. Or, try to make a name for myself. And for what?! Even if I were a famous writer, it would only be a matter of time before someone else knocks me out and I'm forgotten. The prices you need to pay to get that fleeting place is futile and vacuous, especially if you trample on others or sell out to get to the top. Not worth it.

Instead, Jesus has given me something better. Something that lasts. And He's helping see others differently. Instead of seeing others as potential competitors, I'm seeing others made in God's image, whom I can cooperate and collaborate with. It's far more rewarding when I've worked with others on writing projects. When I've done, it's goes way better than what I can imagine. 

Though I have a long way to go, my ambitions are fading away. I rather seek Jesus's ambitions instead (but I believe I fail at this.) I don't see the point in seeking great things for myself anymore. I once did. I had grand ideas when I first started out. I thank God those never panned out. But it's a struggle, since there's an instrinic egomaniac trap when you become a writer. But to be a good writer, it's a trap you must avoid at all costs.

I rather follow my King by loving and serving others. (Sadly, I wish more who claim they follow Jesus would attempt to do this. But, they'll have to answer to God for this. But, I too have a long way to go.) And, if I can do so through writing for as long as I can, then great. If not, then that's okay too. 

Jesus is the King. I'm not it. And that's okay with me. Maybe if more relinquished their control, especially those who try to have it over others, and gave it to King Jesus, then this world wouldn't be so screwed up.

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