By Michael Ehret
We’ve all received invitations from friends, family,
Some came in the form of
phone calls; others were text messages or even Facebook event e-vites. All of
them nice. All of them with the potential to lead to something fun, instructive,
entertaining, or more.
Even in these days of constant social interaction, nothing
is the same as a hand-written invitation created just for you by the one doing
the inviting. Makes me think of the times in elementary school when kids would
hand out invitations to birthday parties. Thoughts raced through our minds:
- “Will he give me one?”
- “Am I good enough?”
- “Is my name on one of those envelopes?”
- “Am I on her list?”
receiving an invitation. This was a “once upon a time” that took place before
self-esteem trumped all and before the creation of soft people who needed to be
protected from reality.)
invitations were distributed. A little turmoil in the tummy as the expectancy
built. Finally, the exhalation of relief as the invitation was placed in your hands.
Last September at the American Christian Fiction Writers
conference in his workshop The Wildness
of Writing with God, presenter Allen Arnold announced that he had prayed
for all of us and had asked God to give him the words each of us needed to hear
about our creative lives. Then, he said, he had written those words into a
notebook that he would present to us.
room randomly handing out notebooks. Questions raced through my mind as anticipation
and fear warred.
knew it was not a message from him—he
was just the conduit. It was a message—an invitation—from God.
asked God for a sign before the conference—and then are afraid to open it. Afraid
that it won’t be what we hope, but instead some cruel joke.
His invitation to everyone, including you.
However, just like those
kids the choice about what to do with God’s invitation is up to us. Will you
put your invitation into your backpack where you forget about it, it gets lost,
and you miss the party?
you can look at it every day for encouragement—but never R.S.V.P.? And worse,
about your invitation? Will you talk about it as you go to the mall to buy the
perfect outfit? Will you clutch it in your hand as you knock on the door, watch
it open, and step into the party?
That, friend, will be my next topic. See you next month!
Michael Ehret has accepted God’s invitation and is a freelance editor at WritingOnTheFineLine.com. In addition, he’s worked as editor-in-chief of the ACFW Journal at American Christian
Fiction Writers. He pays the bills as a
marketing communications writer and sharpened his writing and editing skills as a reporter for The Indianapolis
News and The Indianapolis Star.