“You’re a what?!” people often ask with a high-pitched gasp when I tell them I’m a writer. “You mean you actually enjoy writing?! That would be like having homework for the rest of your life.”
Well, I do enjoy research. (One summer while in junior high, I read the entire World Book Encyclopedia.) And I’d rather tap away at a keyboard than watch TV. So, I guess writers appear slightly less than normal!
But, there’s one place I feel completely “normal” and understood—writers’ conferences. There I’m surrounded by people who do enjoy poring over research books and who think staring at a word processing screen is great entertainment.
I’m sure it’s the same with occupations I wouldn’t want to even consider, such as dentists. What kind of person enjoys working with decaying teeth and infected gums? Apparently a large number of people who perfectly understand the joy of dentistry. And don’t even get me going on proctology!
Perhaps being among people who understand our unique joys and sorrows is the secret to support groups, seminars, and conferences for writers, dentists, proctologists, as well as Star Trek fans and other marginal groups. The Father God knew how important it is to be understood when he sent God the Son to earth:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Jesus—although He is completely God—completely understands us humans, because He became human.
Every joy and sorrow, every strength and weakness, every triumph and temptation—Jesus understands. And, best of all, He understands you and me.
Copyright © James N. Watkins
I’m thrilled that I’ll be with people who understand me at the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference this week. I hope to meet some of you there!
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