One day, I walked into our family doctor’s office shortly after the release of my first book, THE BEAUTIFUL BRANCH and I am reminded of an incidence that occurred that day. He had requested some copies which he intended giving out as gifts to some of his church members and I had gone to deliver them to him that afternoon.
Just a short while after I got there, a man came in, saw the books on his table, picked a copy up and read the cover details and said, “This your book is so beautiful … What if you make your other books neutral though?”
I asked him what he meant by that and he explained that it would have been better if I did not write from the Christian perspective because in his opinion it will narrow down my reach and in turn reduce my sales.
I took time out to tell him about my resolve. I told him that money isn’t solely the reason I am writing and it isn’t at the top of the list at all. I just want to please my Maker. He has made me a watchman and the instruction is to give the messages He gives me to my world. I am not in any way allowed to ‘doctor’ the instructions I receive.
Besides, my life is intertwined with Christ now. God is the core of all that is called “me”. The life of Christ must just ooze out of my business, work, family, etc. Christianity for me is a lifestyle; not a garb I put on SOMETIMES.
Attempting to remove Jesus from the equation of my life is tantamount to me not having any message to pass across. In fact, without Him, I have no life.
If only we understand that we are not meant to be part-time Christians. Christianity is meant to be a full time identify for everyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. That way, you are the same person irrespective of your location per time.
Today, I challenge you to take a stand with God. Don’t agree to water down God’s message through you just because you desire acceptance from your colleagues or neighbors; or fame and riches.
I have decided that I’ll rather have Jesus than silver or gold.
What’s your resolution?
– OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD