Last weekend I had a chance to participate in the Southern Christian Writer’s Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama! Though I’ve been a part of many conferences in my career, this one will stand out as a living example of what happens when God shows up. As I prepared for my keynote talk on Friday night in the months before the conference, I prayed my way through the notes and ideas I wanted to share. I asked God to direct my thinking and the messages and to anoint this work for His sake and the sake of the writers who would be there. I’m not certain how it worked for those who attended, but I know that my heart left that conference rejoicing in what God had done. It was a beautiful few hours, totally immersed in his Spirit.
As writers we have an important job. We are the ones who seek God’s face in our work each day. We know that nothing we do will matter unless we’re keeping our eyes focused on him. It’s so easy to get distracted; so easy to see the obstacles and forget why we do what we do. If you struggle with that, I invite you to stay connected to me and to others who seek to write for God’s glory. We write because we are His hands and feet and voices in the world. We are the ones He has commissioned to remind others that no matter what happens in their lives, they are not alone. As I mentioned at the conference, we have to be the ones that help others understand that the world may look bleak, but as long as we have a place to go, as long as we can sit at the feet of Jesus and talk to him, then we have hope. Help others to connect to Him and have a place to go. Remind the people you love that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ.
We’re spiritual beings and we’re sons and daughters of the Living Lord. That gives us a unique perspective, a vision of the world that others may miss. As a writer you are a moonbeam, reflecting the light of the Son so that those who walk in the dark might find their way. Help them! Make it your business to set your dreams on fire so that what you create becomes a reality. Stay in the Word and then write words that make a difference. That’s your gift and your challenge. It’s mine too!
Blessings to all of you who so graciously encouraged my work. May God bless the work of your hands and your heart today.