Over the weekend, I traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the African American Book Festival. It was definitely a major milestone to be able to speak to a room full of book lovers and fellow writers, and to present my latest book “A Vision of Victory.”
Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a child, poetry was my passion. It served as an outlet for my younger self to express my emotions. As I’ve gotten older, my writing has transformed. Now, I tend to spend time writing reflections of the life lessons I’m taught daily. And I write about how God migrates me through these journeys as my Best Friend.
It was a pleasure to speak with hundreds of people Saturday, all interested in know about Black Writers. To be in a room surrounded by other creatives gave me a feeling that I haven’t felt in a while. We were all there with the same purpose: to share our stories and our creations. Where fiction or non-fiction, it was great to connect with other people who have a love for the same thing as me.
As I reflect on this experience, this passage from 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 comes to mind:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
God’s purpose for my is so much greater than my own ambitions. The more I submit myself to His will, the more that becomes apparent to me. As I shared my testimony with those attendees, it reminded me to continue to press forward and be obedient. I cannot be out here trying to save souls, while losing mine at the same time. So, I am grateful for that lesson.