Work In Progress



Wow! Amazing! Excellent!

Those are a few words I would use to describe my time at Mt. Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference.

I went to fulfill a promise to my husband who passed away last summer from melanoma cancer. He bugged me all the time about sharing my writing and finally I told him if God showed me an opportunity to do that then I would. He had more confidence in my writing than I ever did. But a promise is a promise and I kept my word and found out by doing so that he was right, I am a writer. I hope he is shaking his head and muttering “I told ya.”

The people who I met there were encouraging and affirming; what a great way to step into an unknown world that I had admired from afar for so long.

The key-note speaker was Glenna Salisbury and she was wonderful. One of her questions to us was if we could put our mission statement (I hope that is what she called it) in a couple of words and put it on a t-shirt what would we say. I loved that question! She asked a few people from the audience what their t-shirt would say and I really can’t remember what they said because I was thinking about what my t-shirt would say and since I didn’t share it with everyone there, I thought I would share it here with you my friends. My t-shirt would say “Love All~Serve All”. Now isn’t that a wow statement? I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t. Years ago while living in Colorado my husband took me and all five of our children to the Denver Art Museum for my birthday and afterward’s we went out to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, where he bought me this really cool pink guitar pen in support of breast cancer awareness. But also while there as I was drinking my glass of cold water with lemon, I noticed what the glass had written on it and it was “Love All~Serve All”. I bet no would have ever guessed you could find your mission statement on a glass at the Hard-Rock Cafe, right? But isn’t that exactly what Jesus did? I have never forgotten those words because not only was I blown away at where I was reading them but also that those few words sum up the message of Jesus Christ.

When we Love people we are revealing God to them because God is Love and when we Serve people we are revealing Jesus to them because he was a Servant to all people.

I think I am going to find out if the Hard Rock Cafe sells a t-shirt with my mission statement.



Author: iola reneau

I am a writer and sometimes author.

One thought on “Work In Progress”

  1. This entry made me smile like crazy. It’s true we find what we need, like your mission statement, in unlikely places. That’s why we writers should experience everything we can! If you find that t-shirt, do share it on the blog. It would be cool to see a picture.

    If I had a mission statement for writing, it would be “don’t quit” or “time in = progress.” Simple and obvious? Maybe. But those two phrases keep me slogging through this work-in-progress when all I want to do is take a nap. đŸ˜€

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