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Entap (v. f. ngentap ; bentap), to be permanent, be steady, settle down

——from the Sea Dyak dialect of the Malay language

We also have the burden of not just using our gifts, but for the right reasons.  I believe that someone who writes, whether it be non-fiction, fiction, poetry, song, advice, counsel, biblical theology, daily journalism, even cartoons has the responsibility to write for the correct reason.  Because it resonates with who we truly have been created to be, and because of what we’ve been allowed to see of truth and of the divine.  If it follows those two premises, it cannot be destructive or promote animus.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”—-Ephesians 4:29

Now, I hate to steal again from Robert Benson, but I have to include what his comments are on the 3 jobs that a writer has.  If you cannot come up with something wise on your own, borrow from learned souls who have walked the path before you.  Mr. Benson is uniquely qualified to share his experience on his trip, and I have admired his willingness to both share what God created him to be and what God allows him to see.  The 3 jobs are:

“The first job is to learn the craft…. The second job is to find your own voice….  The last of the writer’s three jobs is to figure out what you have to say and begin to say it.” —-Robert Benson, The Echo Within

Over the last few blog entries we’ve been talking about finding that place inside of us, honouring it, and expressing it.  One thing that I have been walking through with my own journey is the issue of permanence.  Learning how to be less temporary has been a chore and a burden for me.  Thus the title of my blog.  But, the title of this entry also applies to writing.  Looking for just one more topic and another form of the word “Tap”, I came across it in an obscure place.  It’s now one of my favourite words.

The reason is simple.  Entapping:  the art of becoming permanent, becoming steady, settling down, becoming rooted.  In writing, that’s what we pray for in our journey.  The ability to sit down and make that part of our lives regular.  Everyday.  Not just disciplined, but a fixture in our lives.  Not some sort of mystical lightning bolt that comes down and hits us once in a blue moon, but a pattern of behaviour.  A pattern that not only transforms what we experience in the world, but allows God to transform us daily into His image.


My hope this exercise is one that allows those that happen upon it, to be rooted.  It’s funny.  One of my friends, Kerry Johnson recently posted about being rooted, and she was someone who in love challenged me months ago about the use of my words both spoken and written.  I have learned more about how to be more permanent in my writings.  I don’t have the luxury of just saying something because it’s something that I believe to be true.  I now know that my words are an investment into the minds and hearts of those to whom I have written, and they are a reflection of He who gave me the ability in the first place.



I have hesitated to bring out the big challenge of the previous entries because I am not quite sure as to how to tie it all together. I know that anything that I might draw as a conclusion might seem to be my opinion and not based in fact. However, I do feel this burden to try. Rather than use my own words as a benchmark, I would like to do something that I don’t often enjoy… pull together some words on the subject to make my case.

We have a responsibility as Christians to see the divine in the everyday… circumstances, happenings, creation, weather, and the like. If we do not testify to God’s fingerprints everywhere and the implications of that…

“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”—-Luke 19:40

That’s why some of us have been given the ability to write and fashion words, to proclaim His movings in the world. If our creativity and insight is a gift, then it should honour the One who gives it. That is often such a difficult thing to do. We write to get thoughts out, to impart wisdom, to impress and amaze… there are so many reasons to write. Not all of them are what we’re supposed to be doing. Yet, the act of creating, in and of itself is mimicking God.  Heady stuff for me.

Athletes train themselves physically to be able to accomplish the goals that they set out to do. Run, jump, throw, etc.  They spend thousands of hours preparing for their craft.  They prepare for an event or a competition.  There are places where their efforts are realised and there is a sense of completion.  There may be another heat, race, game, etc.  But today’s is done, tomorrow’s is to come.  To become masterful takes polish and commitment.  Some athletes train and perform all year long. 

Writers should work just as hard. I know that I haven’t in the past worked very hard to be the type of writer that is inside of me. Sometimes in the past it was just easier to rely upon my intellect and ability to improvise when I wanted to write. It was for me, after all and never had to be fashioned and worked. But, if my writing is about me, then the focus is all wrong.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”—-Romans 12:1-2

We can and should offer ourselves, our perspective, our talent, our insight, and ability as something that is like worship to our Lord Christ. In that offering the fullest potential of what is inside us is made clear.

In The Echo Within by Robert Benson, he talks about the perspective of our calling. Calling isn’t always a vocation or career or job. Sometimes it’s a much deeper and yet simpler concept…

“But I do have at least two observations to make. One is that calling is not always only about who we are or what we do. It is not always strictly about our work. Sometimes it is about who is beside us. And who we are beside.”

He was speaking of living and breathing people, and from previous in the same chapter, it was about children and family. I don’t dispute that our friend Mr. Benson is totally correct. But, if one goes a little deeper, the person of Christ is there below even that surface. Christ in the people around us. Christ in creation around us. He is beside us. He is also who we are beside. That is why writers have to step out to see what their eyes have are able to see.


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