The past two days took me into a whole new world leaving me with many treasured memories. This faith adventure into the unknown by putting myself out there as a published author was a little scary, but incredibly rewarding.
As an unknown author in this environment of secular and Christian authors, I rubbed elbows with some who have arrived, and with others working hard to get there. (Most were in the latter category.)
Any fear that I had going into this venture quickly subsided as the aisles began to fill with people perusing the book-filled tables.
I love people. I love meeting them, talking to them, and listening to their stories. The ability to bring Jesus into a conversation with the browsers, sharing what He's doing in my life, especially as a writer, was so exciting. Some who didn't stop to talk would take a FREE Living Real Magazine offered to them. Who knows? Maybe through an article they will encounter Jesus for the first time. How amazing is that?
The discussion on Sunday at our PCWN table reaffirmed to me that this is the greatest network of authors around. What sets us apart from many others is we are not writers seeking fame. We are authors seeking to make Jesus famous through our writing. It's so refreshing to know that we don't have to scratch and claw our way to the top of some best-seller list. As Christian authors, we just have to be obedient, write the words He lays on our hearts, and trust; letting God take our writings to whatever heights He chooses. Yes, we have to be engaged in the process, and work hard, but with a much different posture and perspective.
Embarking on new territory with King Jesus, the Master Author of Adventure since 2007, has been incredibly rewarding. It has opened my eyes and heart to a much deeper faith. If I could splash a truth learned on billboards, bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc. all over town, they would say...
Just obey! You'll be okay!
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
(Hebrews 11:8 NKJV, emphasis mine)