Read Joel 2:23-32 and Jeremiah 20:7-9.

Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. (Joel 2:28-29)

  0. Should I write something when I don’t feel inspired?


  0. How should I pick a topic?


  0. Should I try to find a word for myself in one of the lectionary passages?


  0. Should I make a pointer into a CCEL book? Expand on a topic in the spiritual life? Write about my own experience?


  0. I only want to say what you inspire me to say. What I have to say on my own has no value. You have the words of eternal life.

  1. Does inspiration always have to have a particular feeling? How do you know you aren’t writing what I want you to write when you feel dry?

  0. How do I know that I am writing what you want me to write when I feel dry?

  1. Is there no place for faith in you?

  0. Faith in myself? Really?

  1. Faith in me, even if you don’t sense me.

  0. But I don’t even know if I’m supposed to try to write when I feel uninspired, or if I should wait until the word burns in my stomach and I can’t stop it from vomiting forth. Of the making of books there is no end. What if I feel a general call but not a specific one?

  1. Do you think you should do nothing unless specifically called to that act?

  0. Um…yes?

  1. You are going to have a boring week when I go on vacation. You might get hungry, too.

  0. You want me to grow again, don’t you.

  1. Don’t you?

  0. [grumble]


  0. You can’t go on vacation.

  1. Well, that’s a little harsh. Slave-driver much?

  0. What is gained by leaving me out in the cold?

  1. Obedience is good, but I’m not looking for robots. I could make those without all the effort you willful people require.


  1. Do what you do out of love. Then you will be truly inspired.

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Harry Plantinga

Harry Plantinga is a professor of computer science at Calvin University and the director of and