“Do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa
“A Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes but by making good shoes.” Martin Luther
As I journey through Lent, I've been thinking a lot about my faith walk. My mission field as a writer encompasses a great deal of that focus. I tend to write about characters one might refer to as visible Christians. What does that mean? Well, they spend their lives as part of the public eye. When the spotlight shines, I discover they’re not only committed to their faith, they declare it with confidence.
I’m passionate about music and its impact on the spirit, so a number of my books center on musicians and singers, the agents and producers who help them ‘spread the Word.’ But what I’ve noticed as I create these stories is the underlying theme of being bold. Being courageous, even in the face of failure. Trusting God even in the face of self-doubt, or when they must live out the ideals they hold to when it’s difficult...when it hurts.
In a way, I wonder if God isn’t sending me along this writing path in answer to some of the disturbing trends I see in our information driven, media-saturated and increasingly (disturbingly) secular culture.
I see such a need a return to Christian truth and roots. I sense so many people crying out for better things than this world can ever deliver. I hope visible Christianity—in books, on TV, in the movies—will touch hearts and create a revolution.
Everything circles back to relationship. What can I do for God? How can I further His mercy and loving reach? Whether we’re in the mainstream media or not, each and every one of us are created special and precious. We all have a vital role to play in spreading the Gospel. We all have a responsibility to be…visible.
The quotes I’ve shared at the top of this post have helped me maintain focus as I come to realize I don’t have to do ‘huge’ things by the world’s standards. I need only to bloom where God places me, in the people he delivers to my life.
How about you? How are you choosing to live out your faith? How are you encouraging others toward God and Christ? I’m praying for you!
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