Jesus talks about “A prophet is not without honor save in his own country, and in his own house.” If there’s anything I’m not it’s a prophet, but I get it. It’s possible that the ones who had the hardest time believing He was really the Son of God were those who had watched Him grow up every day, maybe even saw Him running around in diapers if they did that back then.
It’s that way for us. Those who have the hardest time realizing that our writing may be more than just a little hobby that we are fooling around with are family and friends who have watched us grow up our entire lives or at least a large portion of it.
My pastor was not a big fan of Christian fiction. He had even mentioned from the pulpit several times that he didn’t read books except for the Bible and books written to amplify his understanding of the Bible. Even after I gave my testimony about my writing, how I was called, and how Christian Fiction can reach out to people, sometimes in ways that Biblical material, pamphlets and tracts, and other materials sometimes cannot do. They do it in same way that Jesus often used stories, parables, to help people relate to his teachings.
Then his wife got him to read one of my books and he changed his mind. But he’s a big enough man that he said that from the pulpit too and became a big supporter of my work. I had an uncle come up to me at a family get-together and said in front of the entire group that he was in a bookstore in Atlanta getting something to read on the flight home and saw one of my books on the shelf. He was amazed. The whole family was fascinated to find out how my books were out there.
Most family and friends had no idea my books were available through bookstores if not shelved there, and in libraries all over the country. How could that be? I was just the guy that sat in services with them and talked too much in Sunday School Class. I was just the kid my family had watched grow up and get into mischief.
I think most writers go through this. If we begin making some headway becoming known, the last people who will realize it are those closest to us, and even then they’ll always underestimate the extent of our success. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not claiming to be a best selling writer, but I guarantee I have much more of a national reputation than any of these people ever thought, particularly criss-crossing the country doing programs, conventions and workshops.
I believe this is something they have to discover for themselves. Like Jesus, we can tell them but they don’t quite come to grips with it until they figure it out for themselves. But they eventually will. I just wish the whole world could finally figure out the truth about our Savior.