Turned down by 100 publishers. Robert M. Pirsig, author of the 1974, philosophical classic, who journeyed readers into an inquiry into values, “Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.” It’s been said that a million copies of the book were sold. Perhaps thousand more checked out at libraries or copies shared among friends. Dead at age 88.
Got an idea? Keep at it because that was the Pirsig model and it worked. It was also the Pauline model. The Jew hating prosecutor, who had a life turn around experience. And ended up writhing, fourteen New Testament books. The bedrock of Christendom from the first century, and just as relevant in our twenty first century. Here’s something he knew a lot about. So Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” See Philippians 4:13.
Paul had an interesting approach to life. It was one of get it done then you’ll abound. Wonder if it was the Pirsig model?
He’s a guy who was ship wrecked, shunned by associates and jailed. He revolutionized the world. By insisting that it was time set aside the culture and rituals of Judaism and embrace the Christ culture of receiving Him and then doing for Him. The setting aside of the works of the law. For the atoning grace, of Jesus. That’s what his fourteen books are all about.
Here’s the Pauline model for getting things done. Do now and get later “Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you. A sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” See Philippians 4:14-19.
Even the sweet smelling aroma which could have been used to barter with or exchange for food, lodging or travel. It’s all about doing and it’ll get done. It’s part of the Christ mystery.