By Cheryle M. Touchton
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4 NIV
My Christian writer’s group asked us to come up with the perks of being a Christian writer. In 2002, I left a lucrative and exciting corporate career to answer God's call to evangelism and writing. Since then, I have traveled to all fifty states evangelizing and published five books. I had only planned a 2-month sojourn between executive jobs but life became so interesting, I simply forgot to job hunt. If you don’t job hunt, I suppose you never find a job. I pondered my "Top Ten" list and altered it to include both my call to writing and evangelism. As I wrote it, I realized that I enjoy my life.
Top Ten Perks
- I am no longer tempted by the "evils" of money.
- Since I spend much of my life in campgrounds, I really enjoy nice hotels.
- I can't always get showers on the road so I now appreciate showers. It is a real bonus when they are clean, hot, and bug-free.
- Other people now get to talk at parties and Bible Studies. I now have an outlet for the stories running around in my head.
- My husband makes more money than I do, which is really good for his male ego. (He has offered to get over the ego thing in exchange for my former salary.)
- My own ego is kept in check by humiliating book signings where people walk by me while avoiding eye contact.
- If the writing thing doesn't work out, book signings have prepared me to work at carnival booths.
- The galleys I deal with are less fattening then the galleys of yachts and cruise ships. (Galleys are the type set proof copy that writers review just before a book goes to press.)
- I spend so much time with my dog that I hear her voice. My readers like her voice better than mine.
- My clothes cost a lot less and are more comfortable and interesting.