This may be one of the fastest blogs I’ve ever posted. I wouldn’t normally write this fast, but I’ve listened to about 30 book pitches today as faculty at Mount Hermon, and I’ve got worship to lead in the morning….
I always have an amazing time here. And it’s always because of the new writer friends. I’ve posted about the essential value of writing friends before. But this week I got to share with the whole group all at once. And it has made it such an amazing time.
If you were misunderstood in your life, or ever felt alone and uninteresting to those around you. If people ever thought they knew you or put you in a box. If you reserved yourself out of habit, or spent years hoping someone would see you, not look down on you, not make you someone you’re not, or expect you to perform, change, lead, speak up, or set an example…then you know some of what makes a writer.
Now imagine all those things being shared, accepted, and known. Imagine complete freedom to be unboxed together in a big community. And imagine if you got to lead the opening ceremonies to the week by talking about your favorite thing: the path of freedom for Christian writers.
You’d probably be having a pretty great week too.
This will be a short post because I’m exhausted and yet I’m not spent. I’ve reserved myself and been able to retreat to solitude this year with a private room–which is the absolute best thing in the world right now, hands down. I’m not spent because I’m not spending so much as investing. I will see this time bear fruit.
And I know because I’ve seen it so many times. Years pass and some people leave forever. But the ones who come back? They swell my heart with such pride and gratitude. They’ll take what I’ve sown and use it to grow. And I’ll have had a hand in some amazing stories all because God made me to enjoy words and books and the people who make them.
Friends, you are those people. You are those people to me, and you are those people to others. So be those connectors in your circles today and let me know how it goes for you. I’m just amazed at how all the stories I’ve heard today can blend into one big story of what God is doing to unite us and draw all things to himself.
And to all my new writer friends, the dream is alive. I can’t wait to see you again.
For the Higher Purpose,