Last month, I was blessed to have my husband send me off to a writers’ conference, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, to learn what to do with a Bible study I recently finished, a Bible study on finding images of Jesus in the beginning of Genesis. It would be hard to overstate how valuable the conference was to me. I met so many amazing authors, some already published, some learning just like me. I was encouraged, trained, and poured into by many kind individuals. God even blessed me by giving me a few new good friends, kindred spirits.
What struck me the most, though, while I was there, was the diversity of passions among all of the authors. Most of the people I talked to were excited about what they were writing or had written. I could see God’s hand on so many people as He led each one to write about one thing or other.
One morning, as I walked through the cafeteria, I looked around at all the faces there. The room was mostly filled with unremarkable looking people. They didn’t look like powerful, influential people, really. They didn’t look like warriors. But many of them were.
Through the books that God was calling many of them to write, they would influence and change people’s lives. They would fight battles in people’s hearts. Some would do it through a direct word of non-fiction, others through the example of a fictional character, and still others through the experiences of their own lives. Each one that gained an audience, even an audience of one, would become a powerful influence.
The vision of God choosing this one to write about His grace, this other one to share His love, that one over there to challenge people with His holiness, that we would all be used by Him in this way, was beautiful to me.
When I came home, I carried this vision with me and noticed Him doing it in my church and with my friends, except this time, not through writing, but through other ways that God had called each of these other people to shine His glory in this world.
I Corinthians 12:18-20 says, “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.”
We each have a part to play, a way to carry God to others. What is your part?