Midnight coffee with life long friends tonight was just the best in the world.
Grind up some Jamaican Me Crazy decaf, send the kids off to play and catch up over hot brew.
Just like the good old times. My friend Jayne is like a sister who really "gets me"--and that's an awesome ingredient to add to coffee!
We talked about parenting, college, empty nesting, jobs, church, health, friends, spirituality--you get it---there isn't anything we don't talk about. My inner cup filled up and my coffee mug emptied out.
At the end though we touched on my fiction writing. Reading fiction is something Jayne has always loved. She certainly influenced me over the last 25 years as we shared what we'd read and critiqued it together. Even before trying my hand at writing, we'd often voiced how it had shaped us and influenced us. And now as I wrestle with how serious to take the writing and as I continue to pursue publishing, I voiced to her that some Christians might place it in the "silly endeavor" category. But she reminded me that as a Christian, she strives to put her mind on whatever is good, upright, noble, pure, and good--and that while life is often too serious, we need good fiction that does just that!
That piece of encouragement was like a double shot!
And so, as the clock struck midnight and I set the last of the emptied coffee mugs in the sink, a sigh of contentment slipped from me as they went out the door. That same lip smacking feeling after the first sip of hot coffee in the morning, followed by a sigh of pure bliss---the after midnight sigh rivals an equally satisfying fulfillment when shared with good friends.
So, call a friend. Brew a pot. Make some good food--and settle in for some great fellowship to fill up your cup!
So, what exactly does Christian fiction do for you?
How has it shaped you?
Why do you read it?