Sometimes I can get caught up in my own goals at the expense of time with my loved ones. That’s not good. And I work hard not to let that happen. This is something the Lord nudged me with awhile back and I thought I’d share it here.
If I write with the perfect syntax of men and angels and have not love?
I’m nothing but a sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
And if I write a New York Times best seller and understand all the mysteries of marketing and all knowledge of social media, and have enough faith to rise to #1 on Amazon, but have not love?
I am nothing.
If I giveaway hundreds of books on blog tours, and give my time to book signings and have not love?
It profits me nothing.
Love is long-suffering, kind and doesn’t get jealous when fellow authors sign a three-book contract and a movie deal.
Love doesn’t boast about my works in progress and doesn’t get all puffed up about a Pulitzer.
Love doesn’t behave unseemly, it doesn’t seek out only its own best interests and isn’t easily provoked. It doesn’t think evil.
It doesn’t rejoice when another author is rejected. It only rejoices in the truth.
Love bears all the hardships of the writing journey with grace and believes in its future. It hopes and endures.
Love never fails.
Where there be best selling book series that foresee the most popular trends, they shall fail.
Whether there be skyrocketing Amazon sales, they shall cease.
Whether there be all knowledge of social media and marketing, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we write in part.
But when that which is perfect is come — then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I wrote as a child, understood as a child and thought as a child. But when I became a grownup writer, I put away childish things.
For now I see through a glass, darkly; but one day I’ll be face to face with the One Who inspires me to write.
I don’t see the whole picture of my writing career now. But someday I will.
The only things that last forever are faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these love.
(The above post was inspired by 1 Corinthians 13.)