Come On, I’ll Show You
by Sharron Cosby
“Jesus said to them, ‘When you pray, say this: ‘Father: May your holy name be honored; may your Kingdom come. Give us day by day the food we need. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring hard testing’”
(Luke 11:2-4, GNT).
Blind from birth, musician Ken Medema relies upon on others to show him the way. The way to the podium. The way down from the dais. But he has no problem finding his way around a keyboard.
At a recent conference, Medema served as the musical guest and mesmerized us with his quick wit. His uncanny ability to compose on-the-spot, personalized songs while conveying spiritual messages and life lessons amazed us.
He related a lesson he learned when he was the featured entertainment at a youth group’s Valentine’s Day banquet. After his performance, he stayed close to the wall, listening to the music and gaiety of the teenagers. A young woman tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to dance.
“I don’t know how. I’ve never tried, so I’ll sit this one out.”
She persisted. “Come on, I’ll show you.”
She led him to the dance floor where, by his own account, “I had the time of my life.”
Christ’s disciples wanted to know about prayer, so they asked for instructions. “Come on, I’ll show you,” Jesus seemed to say. He revealed a prayer style we now call “The Model Prayer” or “The Lord’s Prayer.” Jesus graciously swept them across heaven’s dance floor to his Father’s throne.
I experienced similar “I’ll show you” environments when I joined critique groups, attended writers’ conferences, and entered contests. I formed relationships with authors, agents, and publishers who guided me. Hanging out with writers filled my craft tank. Tossing around ideas with fellow word lovers boosted my creativity.
Perhaps you’re hesitant to step into the pool with seasoned writers. They already know the steps, the jargon, and the contacts. What could you possibly contribute to the literary world? Tucked away in the cocoon of your writing space feels much safer than venturing into the crowded world of authors.
A number of folks stand ready to lead you away from the wall with a simple, “Come on, I’ll show you.” Will you accept the offer?
Our Father, we honor you for your willingness to show us how to live and love in your name. May we impart to others an “I’ll show you” spirit. Amen.
Sharron Cosby is a proud Alabama native transplanted in the sands of Florida. Sharron is an award-winning author and loves speaking to groups on her family’s journey through addiction, although she can address other topics. Her book, Praying for Your Addicted Loved One: 90 in 90, is a devotional for families who love an addict. Connect with Sharron at www.SharronCosby.com