It’s December – already! Although it’s a cliché, it’s true. This year has flown by, and while my grandkids are impatiently counting the days until Christmas (and thinking it will never get here), I’d like to put on the brakes. Knowing how hectic the days until Christmas are likely to become, I want to encourage you (and myself) not to miss the opportunities to give the gift of words.
- Instead of just signing your name to a store-bought Christmas card, why not enclose a letter? Family and friends you rarely see will appreciate an update even though it’s a copy of a mass-produced letter. But more than just the “news,” ask Father how you can encourage them through sharing a story of something He has taught you this year through a struggle.
- Write a Christmas poem or story and post it on your blog. (Yes, it’s important to blog!)
- Post Scripture promises to Facebook, Twitter, ShoutLife . . .
- Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper to address efforts to take Christ out of Christmas. Write an intelligent, well-informed response and avoid preaching.
- Give books by your favorite authors to family and friends. You’ll find some of my favorites at www.writehisanswer.com/Bookstore.htm as well as over 100 titles for writers. All are discounted 25% through December 10.
- Give yourself the gift of The One Year Study Bible. Tyndale House released this bestselling Bible in the New Living Translation September 29. The paperback edition is $24.99; hardback is $29.99. I’ve ordered one for myself. I can offer you a 25% discount and $4 shipping.
- Plan now to make 2012 the year of growing your writing skills by saving May 16-19 for the Colorado Christian Writers Conference and/or August 1-4 for the Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. Yes, I’ve missed my deadline to begin posting 2012 conference info on the websites by the end of November. I can tell you that about half of the faculty is in place for each conference and that I’m expecting Father will again do Ephesians 3:20 things. I’ll let you know when I begin posting 2012 info.
Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son. Thank You for the promise that “His life is the light that shines through the darkness – and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:5 tlb). Help us to be bearers of His light through the words we write and lives we live.