How I So Relate To Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (It’s not what you think)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is considered by many to be the greatest Russian writer of the twentieth century. I wish I could relate to him on those grounds, but that’s not a reality.

I do relate to Solzhenitsyn, however, on his sense of “calling” and his urgency to fulfill that calling.

Here’s how and where Solzhenitsyn discovered his “calling”—in a very unlikely place!

For eight years Solzhenitsyn was sentenced to live in the Gulag—a Soviet concentration camp. It was during his imprisonment that Solzhenitsyn experienced a deadly struggle to write and, through a friendship with a Jewish follower, also became a follower of Jesus Christ. It was during these eight years of imprisonment where Solzhenitsyn experienced his call—what he explained as “a deepening burden to put the dying wishes of millions” on record.

Concerning this clarity of call, Solzhenitsyn writes:

The one worrying thing was that I might not be given time to carry out the whole scheme. (I so relate to this feeling in my life right now) I felt as though I was about to fill a space in the world that was meant for me and had long waited for me; a mold, as it were, made for me alone, but discerned by me only this very moment. I was a molten substance … to be poured into my mold, to fill it full … It was only later the true significance of what happened (the discovery of his call) would inevitably become clear to me, and I would be numb with surprise.

Of course I can’t relate with Solzhenitsyn’s experience in the Gulag, nor with his reputation as a brilliant thinker, writer, and revolutionist. Nor can I relate with his full head of hair or awesome beard. BUT I SO relate to his sense that he has a place in the world to fill (a purpose to fulfill) and his sense of urgency to fulfill it.

Let me ask you:

  • Do you know what space is in the world that’s waiting to be filled by you?
  • Do you have a sense of urgency to fill it?

I’m no Solzhenitsyn, but I do have a space in the world to fulfill, and I do have a strong urgency to fulfill.

What about you?

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Living ON Purpose,
Ken L Roberts


Material from the book Day By Day, by Peter Scazzero

Photo of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (cropped) from the Dutch National Archives licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 NL  


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