I was prompted to do some rethinking recently when I saw this painting done by my eleven- year-old granddaughter. Apart from being reminded how talented she is, I realised I’d been thinking quite negatively about the future for my grandchildren. The world seems to be becoming a much more frightening place. I’m concerned about what kind of life the next generations will face. How will they manage the environment? Will anywhere be safe for them? What kind of persecution will they face for their faith? I’ve recently seen the most horrific reports and photos of Christians in the Middle East being tortured and killed for not renouncing their Christianity. I’m sure some of you have been horrified by these too. Even children being beheaded. One young boy about my granddaughter’s age being crucified!
Although we do all we can to keep our children safe from harm and do what we can to address the issues of the environment, it often seems we are fighting losing battles or hardly have the means to fight at all. Sorry if that sounds depressing. I’m certainly not depressed and I give thanks every day for the life I’ve been able to live and for the blessings I still have every day in my life. But my awareness of the struggles ahead for the coming generations is still acute.
So when I look again at this painting of my granddaughter’s I give thanks for her heart of hope, for her dreams for her future. Right now she wants to be an artist. Whatever she does, she has a positive outlook. She believes that she and her contemporaries can make a difference, can make the world a better place, can work in harmony with people of other cultures and backgrounds, and can achieve their personal dreams. I have another granddaughter (twelve years old) who is determined to become a barrister and who is overflowing with ideas about how she will make life better for struggling families. My eldest granddaughter wants to be a psychologist and work with disadvantaged children. These girls live each day with their goals in mind, with confidence that they will be able to accomplish whatever is necessary to reach them. I take heart from them. I thank God for them, and I will encourage them every step of the way as long as I have breath.
Beyond that, I’m prompted to remember that in all things we can have hope because we have a God who can do so much more than we dream about or can even conceive. I know as a writing community we face difficulties. It’s a tough world for publishers and writers. More so for Christian publishers and writers. We face opposition, competition and difficult choices about how and when and to whom we can present the Christian message in our writing. Who will read our work? How overt should our beliefs be in our stories? How do we find the resources to compete with a world of readers who feed on worldly, ungodly material – masses of it, readily available and cheap?
These are real issues for us and are unlikely to get any easier to solve, but can I encourage you today to believe that Together We Can. We have a wonderful network of support within our ever-growing groups on-line. We can help each other with editing, promotion, selling, reviewing. We can share ideas and pray together and believe that God is with us, so whatever or whoever is against us, cannot overcome us.
Yes, together we can do what God has called us to do, individually and as a community. So, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galations 6:9.” What wonderful words! And our words of hope and light and truth are also vital to a world so often filled with darkness.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:23-24.Carol Preston
Carol writes historical novels based on her family ancestry in Australia from the First Fleet. They include the Turning the Tide series; Mary’s Guardian, Charlotte’s Angel, Tangled Secrets and Truly Free. Her earlier novels Suzannah’s Gold and Rebecca’s Dream have been re-released by EBP. Her new novel Next of Kin is soon to be released by Rhiza Press. You can see more about Carol and her novels on her website, her Amazon author page or her FB page.