Blogger: Mary Keeley
I began to prepare what I hoped would be a helpful post for the writing life for today, but something didn’t seem right, a check in my spirit. You’ve probably experienced spiritual unease that stops you in your tracks from time to time too. We can ignore them, opting to forge ahead with our own agendas, business as usual, but I’ve never found that to be fruitful. So I paused to pray and became convicted that Holy Thursday is one of those days that warrant a focus on our highest priority as Christians.
Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, is significant because it’s when Jesus gave his final marching orders to the apostles and all who follow him:
Do this in remembrance of me.
Do this refers to taking the bread and wine in communion. It’s the in remembrance of Me that broadens the scope of Christ’s command. How well he knows us humans—that we would need a continual symbolic reminder of all that he is, all that he did for us, and what our priorities are: to be lights reflecting him to a world that increasingly is walking away from him.
How can we as Christian writers, agents, editors, and publishers remember Christ in our daily lives and business?
- Be sensitive to checks in our spirit that might signal a change God desires for his purposes or for our best interest.
- Deal fairly to achieve win-win terms in contracts.
- Encourage each other. Support each other. Go the extra mile for each other.
- For authors it means producing your finest work that honors Christ and points readers to his love and free gift.
- For publishers it might mean stepping out of their boundary of caution to publish a book that perhaps doesn’t fit neatly into the tried-and-true mold, but that will point new readers to Christ, while also committing marketing dollars to the book’s success.
- For agents it means functioning in our clients’ best interest, even when it isn’t in our own, most lucrative interest; keeping up to date with the industry so that we can guide our clients wisely.
- Always remember that God didn’t give us our gifts and talents to use for our own glory, but for his.
I’m grateful for my church’s Maundy Thursday service. It’s my family’s favorite service of the year because of the quiet, reverent focus on the communion experience with time for personal reflection. It grounds me for the rest of the year.
Borrowing from a publishing executive’s prayer at the end of weekly chapels:
“May we be an accurate reflection of His love, His truth, and His grace.”
How do you commemorate Holy Thursday? Add to the list additional ways you, an author, can reflect Christ in your corner of world influence.
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