Sunday, October 03, 2010
Ten years ago, I owned a Christian bookstore in rural PA. Part of that job meant I attended CBA each year. I not only purchased gifts but all the latest books.
Back then, CBA was a huge event. Aisles and aisles packed with product and companies. We received bags of promotional items and spent hours enjoying the concerts and shows.
But my favorite part of CBA was waking up each morning, rushing to the convention hall, and grabbing the morning paper put out for attendees. I would circle all the book signings for my favorite authors and make my schedule.
I still remember meeting Mary Hunt, author of Everyday Cheapskate. I had read her book before the show and put into practice many of her suggestions. When I shared my success with her, she gave me a hug and I could see how thrilled she was that I had a working Freedom account.
That was the beginning.
Someday, I told myself, I wanted to stand on the other side of the table and share the story God has placed on my heart and hopefully make a difference in someone else’s life.
So here I am, years later, learning to trust my instincts when I write. Learning to put down on paper those lessons God deems me worthy enough to learn or not to learn. It also means being honest with my words and digging deep inside of me when I reveal those experiences.
I’m sure I haven’t said anything that most of you don’t feel the same way about.
But every now and then, I need to remind myself why I’m doing this.
What do you remind yourself about why you write?