Randy Alcorn is an amazing man. Years ago when he was first being published I had the honor of interviewing him by phone on my then-daily radio show, Balance Point, on KBXL, 94.1 FM.
I was impacted then by his heart for humanity. His heart fro the Father of humanity, even more so now.
Just the other day I read an article entitled My Journey as a Christian Writer by him in Eternal Perspectives and asked for permission to link to it. I was granted that today. I've highlighted in red some points that grabbed me.
Here's an excerpt that will wet your whistle...
"I often hear, “I want to write a book.” I’m convinced most people don’t really want to write a book, they want to have written a book. Some people view writing as easy—not a real job. A physician said, “When I retire I’m going to become a writer.” Well, if he’s not writing now, waiting until retirement may be too late. What if I said, “When I retire from writing I’m going to become a physician”? Whatever the profession, it takes decades of practice to become the best you can be.
What’s easy to read is hard to write. People sometimes say, “God gave me these words.” Yet the words may be poorly chosen—and I don’t think God wants credit for them. If God leads you to write, great, but get the help you need to write your best for His glory!
Writers are stewards of words, accountable to God for how they are arranged. I constantly seek criticism, running everything by my co-workers at Eternal Perspective Ministries. (I prefer to get it right before the book is published!) Honest critics and careful editors are essential. But above all, I need Christ, who said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). I want to hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” There’s no bigger payoff than that!
I won’t deny that it’s fun to make the New York Times bestsellers list. But my greatest desire is to please the Audience of One. Since His judgment seat is the only one I'll stand before, His opinion is the one that matters:
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24).
I seek to write with all my heart, as a service to the Lord. 100% of my book royalties go to help the needy, support just causes and reach people with the gospel. By God’s grace, there are over seven million of my books in print. It’s fun to know the Lord is using both the books and the royalties to touch lives.
Whether we build, draw, fix things or make a home for our families, God wants us to yield our gifts to Him, depending on our Savior for the next step, the next breath. I pray that I’ll be God’s instrument to passionately and accurately convey the truths of His Word."