Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.

It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 21-25.

 

 

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What Writers Are Really Worth
Friday, June 23, 2017
David Brannock

 

“God is more interested in the condition of your heart than in the activity of your hands.”

This quote grabbed me by the collar several years ago at a Christian conference. I can’t recall if it was attributed to Francis Frangipane. A recent internet search failed to verify the source. And I didn’t bother to ask Siri. I quit speaking to my “smart” phone when Siri kept calling me Mickey.

Anyway, as we writers press on with our projects, let’s remember the big picture. God is more interested in the condition of our hearts than in the activity of our hands.

Why do our hearts matter so much while we write and revise for God’s glory? Maybe it’s like this:

I once visited a man who owned an antique sports car that was his beloved baby. He protected that car with a cover inside the garage. He regularly buffed and waxed it so the paint sparkled.

He tinkered under the hood to keep the engine purring.  

One day a local carried a bag into the garage. He unzipped it to reveal bundles upon bundles of Ben Franklins. (The historical amount is updated to its approximate worth today.) The local said, “This is $80,000. I’ll trade you the cash for the car.”

The man’s eyes moved from the bag … to his car … to the potential buyer. “I don’t know which one of us is the bigger fool -- you for offering that much money, or me for turning it down.”

The owner never told me what he thought his prized car was worth. But it was at least $80,000 in today’s prices because someone was willing to pay that much.

Before you and I were born, our Creator knew we wouldn’t stay buffed and waxed and shiny. God knew our souls would serve as magnets for dirt and dents, scratches and sludge. Still, 2,000 years ago Jesus went to the cross and said, “Father, I’ll buy them all. I’ll trade my life for their lives. One for one. Even up.”

To God, we are worth just as much as Jesus is! You and I are just as valuable to God as Jesus is. Remember how much Someone paid for our lives.

As we invest time and money to craft God-honoring words, remember how much God invested in us. He paid for the right to be more interested in the condition of our hearts than in the activity of our hands.

How will this truth impact your approach to writing? Leave a ceomment! (And if you can verify the source of that quote, please let me know!)

 

 

David Brannock is a writer and speaker who loves using analogies and teaching new perspectives. He previously worked as a CPA, instructor, and pastor. David’s current projects involve writing drama for stage and screen. Visit him at DavidBrannock.com.