In May, I wrote a tribute to the popular work of Thomas Kinkade--the beauty of his art and how it beckons the soul to rejoice in creation. However, there was a dark side to Kinkade. I hope he never walked away from his faith in Christ, but the world and Satan infringed on the relationship between him and Jesus. Problems arose associated with addiction, and he died far too young.
What happened? Perhaps, the heady power of monetary success corrupted a soul that wasn’t prepared for the world’s acclaim. Perhaps, pressure from the crowds got to him.
What does that tell us about our writing? What should we prepare for if God allows us to have the rock star status of New York Times bestsellers?
Here are my top four suggestions.
1. I am my Beloved’s and He is mine. Never forget that. Jesus is your first Love, your Savior, your Lord.
2. God has given you great responsibility. If millions buy your book, may your life reflect the love of Christ. Make Him proud of you!
3. Choose wisely. Hundreds, maybe thousands, will request your presence at an event. Prayerfully choose which opportunities you should attend. Where does God want your testimony to shine?
4. You will feel adored. Just remember—Jesus is the One to be adored. Tell your audience!
Linda Sammaritan writes realistic fiction, mostly for kids ages ten to fourteen. She is currently working on a middle grade trilogy, World Without Sound, based on her own experiences growing up with a deaf sister.
Linda had always figured she’d teach middle-graders until school authorities presented her with a retirement wheelchair at the overripe age of eighty-five. However, God changed those plans when He gave her a growing passion for writing fiction. In May of 2016, she blew goodbye kisses to her students and dedicated her work hours to learning the craft.
A wife, mother of three, grandmother to seven, Linda regales the youngest grandchildren with “Nona Stories,” tales of her childhood. Maybe one day those stories will be in picture books!
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