Thursday, February 24, 2011

To Be Bold

Thursdays – Dawn’s Devotions for Writers

“Therefore, since we have such a hope,
we are very bold.”
(2 Corinthians 3:12 NIV)


Have you ever experienced this scenario (or something similar) at a party, where you’re employed, or while getting your hair cut? If you’ve just met the person, they may ask, “What do you do?” If it’s a co-worker, they may comment, “I hear you’re a writer.” Then the conversation continues from there.

Person: What do you write?

Me: (I hesitate a second.) I write contemporary romance.

Person: That’s cool. What do you have published? Have you read …?” (The title of the book infers bodice-ripping action.)

Me: My articles and devotions have been published, but I'm still working on getting my novels into print. And actually, I write Christian romance.

Person: Christian romance?

Me: Sure! Christian fiction covers all the genres—romance, suspense, mystery, fantasy, historicals. You name it.

Person looking stunned: Really?

Me: The books are just as entertaining as secular. They just don’t include swearing, or gratuitous sex and violence. And a Christian theme or message is written into the story.

Person still looking stunned: Hmmm …

Do you ever hesitate to tell a stranger, or someone you don’t know very well, that you’re not only a writer, but that you write Christian material?

I’ll admit that there have been a few occasions where I’ve wondered, “Do I really want to get into this and explain?”

I’m not ashamed of what I write. I love and feel honored being a part of what’s happening in Christian writing today. I hesitate—before plowing forward—because I don’t know if the person will “get it.” I wonder if I’m just going to be wasting my time. I wonder if they’ll tune me out as soon as I mention the word Christian in connection to the writing.

Reality—it’s not my problem whether they understand, are interested, tune me out, label me a zealot, or think I’m just plain weird!

My job is to be BOLD with spreading God’s message and leave the rest up to him. If I can get one person asking questions or interested in picking up a Christian novel, then that person will be one step closer to learning a little bit about God, his love, and the hope offered.

And isn’t that the reason we write in the first place?


2 comments:

  1. Great post, Dawn! I've felt the same way. It's interesting the responses you get: "Christian fiction? Isn't that an oxymoron?" As if writing fiction is lying. And there is especially a stigma attached to writing romance. But, you're right. We need to be bold. God inspired the Song of Songs; He isn't embarrassed or shy about romance. We shouldn't be either, especially when it glorifies Him and His plan for people to be in relationships. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, Annette. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that struggles with this. :-D

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