A message from Jill Esau, President of the Northwest Christian Writers Association
A person I respect told me, thirty years ago, “We behave as we behave because we believe what we believe.”
Most of us get up in the morning and get to work. Why? Isn’t it because we believe we have a responsibility to perform our best for our employer so we can earn income to provide for our family? Most of us invest in and maintain relationships in social and civic groups. Why? Isn’t it because we believe it is necessary to contribute to our community and we receive satisfaction and fulfillment in these activities? Many also worship collectively and regularly. Why? Isn’t it because we believe there is a source of almighty power and control greatly beyond ourselves? And, isn’t that nearly universal belief revealed at such a time as this?
If you are reading this message you are likely a writer or an aspiring writer, and now is your time. The recent global pandemic has produced a frightened, hurting world desperate for hope and direction. You believe you have some insight and hope to offer. You have an internal urge to assemble words of truth and comfort. You know principles and illustrations that could resonate with folks seeking a salve for their brokenness. You believe what the Bible says, so write it out through personal stories.
How/Where to start? Why not ask your reader questions:
- Who are you?
- What do you believe about God?
- What do you fear?
- What do peace and comfort look like to you?
- May I tell you why I have peace in this time?
The cover-to-cover theme of the Bible is God’s control in times of plenty and dire distress. The message of the Gospel is Jesus Christ offering His life as a sacrifice for all people who call upon His name for salvation. Do you believe these concepts as truth? Then as a writer, you must feel compelled to share that truth in written form. Be bold. View your time as worship to God. Don’t allow negative doubts to convince you it’s a waste of time. You are stuck at home for a little while longer. What are you waiting for? Sit down and write out your messages. The world is waiting for you to hit SEND.
Your Companion in The Harvest,
Jill Esau, President, NCWA