As a minister–one of those clergy type people–I’m always blessed and humbled when October rolls around and my dear congregation at Gracepoint shows an extra measure of appreciation for our ministry together. I didn’t create “Clergy Appreciation Month” and, to be honest, I’m not really sure it’s necessary, but the kind words do affirm and encourage me.
But I’m urging you to join me in calling for a new holiday: a holiday that honors those who support our journey as Christian fiction writers. And don’t say, “Well, we already have Thanksgiving.” (Insert game show buzzer here). I’m not talking about sticking this on the backside of a holiday that already exists. No siree, Bob (or whatever your name is). I think we need to give birth to a brand spankin’ new celebration–maybe even one that lasts a week or an entire month.
The point of this purposeful observance would be to honor those dear people who faithfully, optimistically, and sacrificially support us as writers. People like our spouses, children, extended family, friends, local ACFW chapter members, agents, editors, critique partners….you get the point. (Although I may not include my eleven-year-old daughter, Jayne, who just shot a nerf dart at me while I was typing this post, and scared about 36 months off of my writing career…okay, I’ll forgive her. By the way, she’s a pretty good writer herself.)
Now, as I hunker in my bunker, hoping to escape more incoming nerf projectiles, let me return to the proposal.
I propose that all members of the family known as Christian Writers begin the discussion of creating a special observance during which we honor those who support us in the stewardship of story that God has entrusted to us.
I’m serious about this. I especially call on my fellow members of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) to begin considering this proposal. Here’s how you can help:
- Share this post everywhere you can.
- Make this an agenda item at your next ACFW chapter meeting.
- Mention the idea–in your own words–on every social media site you have a presence on.
- Discuss it on the ACFW loop.
- Begin a contest to see what we could call this time of special observance (Thanksgiving Day is already taken).
- Offer suggestions on when to have this special time. Should it be a “universal time” that we all observe in the same month, or can we go State by State?
And let’s not forget to pray. I really believe that God can use this to encourage our encouragers.
I can’t wait to hear your comments! Will YOU help spread the word?