I don’t know Amy Petty, and I barely know her music.  (I’m not much of an indie guy.)  But I appreciate what she wrote in a blog recently about why she is not going to try out for The Voice or one of the other half-million competition programs out there these days.  She says she is not interested in “making it big.”  She is interested in making music — her music — and bringing it to whatever audience may be drawn to it.  Making a living is nice, and making a better living would be great, but the joy is in the work and not the paycheck.

            I feel the same way about writing.  I am aware I could pander to a mass audience and have a better chance of being on bookshelves nationwide.  But that’s not my thing.  And I have nothing against my fellow writers for whom mass-market publishing is their thing.  Go for it.  Cash that check.  But (and I hope this doesn’t make me come off as being self-righteous) I’m looking for something else.

            I write to give an audience what it needs in a package it will like.  What it needs is the gospel,  “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).  Getting a bigger audience would be nice, but I won’t cut God’s corners.

            If I find a way to do the work I am good at (he said modestly) for a wider audience without hindering my larger obligations to my family and the local church, I would be a poor steward of God’s gifts not to take advantage.  And if others can and do, I’m thrilled for them.  This is not a competition.

            I am content in my current state, to paraphrase Philippians 4:11.  May God keep me from any “success” that might threaten that.

About Hal Hammons

Hal is the preacher for the Lakewoods Drive church of Christ in Georgetown, Texas. He is also the host of the Citizen of Heaven podcast, available through most podcast providers as well as YouTube. He and his wife Tracie are the parents of two daughters, owners of one miniature schnauzer, and custodians of a disturbingly large collection of board games.