…until the 2012 Annual ACFW Conference! Since I’ll be spending some special time with family next week, this is my last post before conference, so I want to know one thing:
Are you going?
If so, expect a big hug from me. One of my favorite parts of conference is getting to meet the very people I’ve come to know so well through the wonderful world of cyberspace (and of course, reconnecting with those I’ve already met!).
This will be my second ACFW Conference and I can’t help but compare my preparation. Two years ago, I was blessed to be able to attend a conference in Indianapolis through a scholarship (aren’t those ACFWers generous?). As I prepared, my one thought was
THIS. IS. IT.
With one completed manuscript under my belt, I felt certain God had given me this scholarship so I could find the agent and editor of my dreams and of course, get published, earn major advances, and garner a huge fan base. ;)
Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sure, I met many amazing people. I enjoyed myself and even received a couple of requests, but three months later I had to face facts. My dreams weren’t about to come true.
I felt like I ruined my one chance at becoming a writer.
Fast forward two years later as I prepare for the upcoming conference in Dallas. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned. The most important being this:
I am a writer.
One conference is not going to change that. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m not going with the single-minded goal that these four days will make me a published author. I’m going to meet dear friends. To pursue my dreams with perseverance. To make a stand that yes, I’m not giving up or going away easily. I’m here to learn. I’m here to connect. I’m here to help others and above all, follow God's leading.
When I’m grounded in these truths, my fears melt away. My writing career does not hinge on one agent or editor appointment. It hinges on my determination to persevere. It hinges on God’s will.
“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Tell me, what are you grounding yourself in today?