Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Be Careful What You Wish For

Hundreds of writers of Christian fiction are gearing up to attend the annual meeting of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Others are wishing they could go. The object of attending isn't just to fellowship with friends and colleagues. It's not even simply about the opportunity to take classes that will help them be better writers. The attendees, myself included, are hoping and praying that they will make a connection with an editor or agent that leads to the publication of their work. And that's as it should be. Those of us who write in the Christian fiction genre feel that we have a call to witness through our writing, and that requires the opportunity for others to read it. Of course, if the process involves a multi-book contract, a large advance, and some degree of fame--well, we can handle that. Or can we?

Sunday's sermon by the pastor at our new church includes a lesson that each of us needs to remember. King Uzziah was successful and powerful, but eventually his power went to his head. When he usurped the prerogative of the priests by going into the temple and burning incense, he went too far. The priests warned him to stop, then watched in horror as Uzziah was stricken with leprosy before their eyes. The key verse in that story is 2 Chronicles 26:5. "As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success." Success is fine. Power is great. Thinking you don't need God in the process is a recipe for disaster.

I hope that each of my writing readers is successful in his/her efforts this year. I wish for each of you the opportunity to see your words in print, to have them witness to others and accomplish the purpose God has for them. But most of all, I pray that you will continue to seek the Lord, for only in that way is there any true success.

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