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Romans 12: 9-13 (NLT)–“9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
The community of believers is one of the best things about the CBA. I just love going to writers’ conferences with the amazing, kind, and generous people! I’d say helping others is a part of the Christian walk that many Christian authors have a good handle on. Thanks to all of you who have been so kind and welcoming at conferences and retreats!
I think the hard part here is in situations where we are very busy ourselves. When we’re swamped and we get an email from a fellow author asking for an endorsement or for a critique, or for help in some other time-consuming way, it can feel overwhelming. I understand there are times when we just absolutely can’t help someone or where we aren’t right for the endorsement, but if we find ourselves using busy-ness as an excuse to say no to helping someone we need to rethink our attitudes. Excuse is the key word there. 🙂
Also, I love how this verse starts out with “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.” If we put this verse into practice the helping others part will come easily. When you love someone, you want to help them, even if it makes your day more difficult or is going to be hard work. I think that’s just how we’re wired.
And don’t forget to pray for each other too!
What are some nice things fellow authors have done for you? 🙂