Conferencing for Christ
I don’t understand quilters, gardening enthusiasts or salesmen. Making patchwork art, a necessity for colonial winters, doesn’t thrill my soul. Neither does pruning flowers in the sweltering heat of a swamp-like Florida. Forget sales as a career. I’m not wired that way.
Though I don’t understand the excitement about such things, I do understand why they do what they do. It’s something they love. They get to talk, plan and plot while being encouraged to carry on by folks with similar aspirations. They “network” with others who don’t look at them with a raised eyebrow. At a writing conference, I’m with friends who get me. When I say, “I’ve got this idea for another novel, but I’m not sure which market would be best served,” I don’t get “the look.” I get a healthy discussion and ideas to stir around.
Paul knew about this concept of “like minds.” He said, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV).
I’m spurred to write, share biblical truth with someone willing to pick up one of my books and read. To offer an alternative for readers without pummeling them with four-letter words and challenged by erroneous worldviews.
It’s no different when we go to church. We should be going to grow, become better at our craft—our walk with Christ. As a writer, growing as a Christian should have signs of that life inside. Jesus called it “fruit.” Paul calls it “good deeds.”
Remember to “meet together” with your brothers and sisters in Christ. When you discover the “writers” or the “quilters” or the “gardeners” in your midst, network with them. They’ll be your encouragers. They’ll “get you” and help you produce much fruit.
Kevin Thompson is an ordained minister who speaks in churches on occasion, works as an assistant principal in a Central Florida school district, and plays the drums. Kevin’s book, 30 Days Hath Revenge-A Blake Meyer Thriller: Book 1, is now available. Book 2 of the Blake Meyer Thriller series, Triple Time, is available in pre-order and due out in March. www.ckevinthompson.com.