Uncopyright

This page is an official notification that my writing here in the Serendipity Journal is within the public domain.  I hereby waive all claim of copyright in this work; it may be used or altered in any manner without attribution or notice to me.  Attribution is, of course, appreciated.

I was originally inspired to release my copyright on this content by an article written by Leo Babauta on his Zen Habits blog.  He releases his copyright claims and then gives a number of powerful reasons why he has chosen to do it.  You can check out his article here

Leo waives his claims based on his personal convictions and a desire to live and work in harmony with the person he is at his core.  I admire him for that.  My personal reasons for releasing my copyright claims are simpler, though harder to explain – I was told to do it.  It happened in this way:

On Friday, May 30th I read Leo’s page on “uncopywriting” as I was researching blogging.  It struck a cord with me, both intellectually and emotionally.  The next day, I started this Serendipity Journal.  I spent much more time working on this blog that first day than I had planned; my learning curves was steeper than I anticipated.  But even as I struggled to learn the new technology, I was excited.  I was finally starting the work that I had been preparing to do for so long.  In the excitement of that first day, I was inspired to post The Gift of the River Stones to the site, even though I had originally hoped to publish it as part of a book.  It just felt like the right thing to do. 

When Sunday morning came, I began my day by prayer-journaling and reading the day’s devotional from The Upper Room.  The devotional was on page 39, and the Prayer Workshop, titled ‘Is There “a Word from the Lord”?’, started on the next page.  It outlined a way of praying using scripture passages as a way of seeking God’s direction in your life.  My prayer journal is loaded with examples of God communicating with us in many different and wonderful ways, but I had never experienced this exact prayer technique before, so I decided to give it a try.

Step 1. Read/listen – I decided to try the technique on the scripture from that day’s devotional, 2 Corinthians 2:12-17.  Verses 14 – 17 sang to me:

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.  For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.  And who is equal to such a task?  Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.  On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

Step 2. Relate – how did these words connect with what was going on in my life?  That was a no-brainer.  I was excited about starting this blog.

Step 3. Reflect – over the past two years, I’ve been led through a process of discovering my purpose in life.  I learned that I have a calling to writing.  More recently, I felt led to start this blog.  Even the timing of first launching this blog was presented to me.  There’s a higher purpose to the Serendipity Journal than I can claim to understand.  It’s about building a community, asking questions and discussing / debating / arguing about the answers.  It’s about acknowledging and celebrating our differences.  Just “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17. 

However, I have held money as a false idol in my life for far too long.  This scripture held a clear message for me: I can’t serve two masters at once.  If the Serendipity Journal is to fulfill its purpose, it needs to remain pure.  I’m being called to writing, but I’m not to make a living through this blog.  I need to have faith that God knows our needs and will provide.

Step 4. Pray – Father, thank You for this invitation to serve You in a right way.  Give us the strength and courage to do as You would have us do in this blog.  Thank You for blessing the Serendipity Journal and for blessing others through it; may it carry Your aroma to the world in a powerful way.  Through Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen.

Step 5. Rest – simply sit quietly in God’s presence and allow God to love you.

So go ahead and use whatever you would like to use.  It’s not really mine anyway.

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