by Eileen Key
During this holiday season, a week after Thanksgiving, I feel so FULL of thanks. God’s done such amazing things in my life and in ACFW. I ran across this list from my wonderful writer friend Janice Thompson and decided to share it. Be happy, be blessed my friends.
“The BE-happy-ATTITUDES for Christian Writers”
by Janice Thompson
Blessed are those who are poor in contracts, for they will surely reap their reward if they do not give up.
Blessed are those who mourn as a result of rejection slips, for they can be comforted in the fact that they are not alone.
Blessed are the meek, humbly accepting God’s call and recognizing that any accomplishment comes from His Mighty hand, for they will inherit the respect of fellow authors, as well as the favor of God.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for great-writing, for their computers will be filled with well-written manuscripts.
Blessed are those who are merciful to editors and agents, for they will be shown abundant mercy.
Blessed are the pure-hearted authors who seek to serve the Lord with their writing, for they will see God – both in their work and their worship.
Blessed are the peacemakers, doing all they can to humor cranky critique partners, for they will be called “godly mentors.”
Blessed are those who are persecuted because they wear the name “Christian writer” – for they carry the indisputable call of God on their lives.
You (writers) are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
You (writers) are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Oh, dear writers! Be encouraged. Don’t let the woes of the “business” of writing keep you from enjoying the pleasure of hearing His voice and responding to His call. Be blessed this fine day!
Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and three novellas published. Mother of three, grandmother of three, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of Grace Community Church.