Dear Friends and Followers:Thank you for all your prayers and support. The book signing at Rainbow West Christian Supply in Vancouver, Washington, turned out well. Thirty-five (35) books were released into the harvest. Praise God! A special thanks to Rae, the bookstore manager.
I was perched near the top of a tall building, under the Tower of Babel sign, trying to address the crowd. The problem was, only a few of my listeners understood what I was saying. The rest were raising a ruckus trying to find someone who spoke their language, making it impossible for anyone to hear me. My nightmare turned out just as it did in the Bible, my audience parting a hundred different ways.
I’m glad it was only a dream.
Is writing for you?
The need to communicate with others is a basic need, but how do you know if writing is the best outlet for you?
The first thing I would ask, if you wonder about calling yourself a writer, is how important is it to you?
I have been writing consistently for more than forty years. Writing helps me think, or understand, my world. It helps me communicate better when I speak, because I’ve…
What are you doing in your classroom to mirror Jesus? From Google: mir·ror ˈmirər/ noun noun: mirror; plural noun: mirrors 1. a reflective surface, now typically of glass coated with a metal amalgam, that reflects a clear image. synonyms: reflecting surface; More something regarded as accurately representing something else. “the stage is supposed to […]
You hear a lot on the writing journey that it’s filled with highs and lows—probably more so in publishing because it’s rapidly changing and I personally wouldn’t consider any part of the industry stable or predictable.
The problem is the valley is hard. What exactly do you do? Do you give up writing? How do you readjust to keep your writing career moving forward when seemingly no one wants the words you’re putting on the page?
My writing valley (really—the deep dark hole of despair) started after my first trilogy was published. I worked really hard marketing those books, had great reviews, and two out of three of the books were each nominated for multiple awards. I was even told by my publisher that I was (at one point) their second-bestselling fiction author.
I thought there was no way my next proposal wouldn’t be picked up—by somebody. Well, it wasn’t…
About fifteen years ago, while taking a graduate course in Spirituality and Leadership, I had a professor who presented me with one of the most motivational sayings I’ve ever encountered: “Don’t just ride the train, be the engineer!” Okay, maybe not the most theological statement I heard in the course of my graduate program, but […]
The Apostle Paul desired to be “all things to all people by all means” because he wanted to win the more: to reach more people for Christ and make an eternal difference for humanity (see 1 Corinthians 9:19–22). Although his efforts as a teacher, evangelist, and missionary were commendable—even miraculous—it was through the medium of writing that Paul truly succeeded in this endeavor.
Too often, we limit the methods or ways we share our faith. Not Paul, he wanted to use all available means. Not to be some things to some people, but to be all things to all people. This task would not be an easy one, but Paul felt it was possible with a servant’s heart. That’s where his writing came in. Using pastoral letters called epistles, he impacted the world . . . and he still does today.
“Even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:33–11:1 NIV).
May God lead us as we follow Paul’s example in servitude and Christ’s example at the Cross—a high call indeed.