I’ve been writing for fifteen years. Get Low was my first success, but there were a couple of parts of it that left me wondering if I was “a real writer.” Was I just lucky? Anybody can get lucky. Was I riding on the coattails of others? The other writers did more work than I. Were they the reason for my success?
Was I “a real writer”?
When I got a check in the mail for my second paid gig writing devotions, suddenly I felt like a real writer. It took me a little while to realize why. The full weight of that realization hit me when I read a bible passage that told a story of two people who had it all except for one thing. After they gave it all up for that thing, they found it wasn’t worth it. The light bulb came on. I had everything and, like the people in this story, I missed it because I was focused on what was missing. Only when that second check came did I understand why. That journey of self discovery, including the bible story that inspired it, is in my sermon from last weekend, “When Is Enough Enough?”