What am I missing?

This is not a rhetorical question; rather I am serious.  I am recently contacted by a woman, who wants my article, “Escaping the Bubble” published by the Sounding Board.  My initial thought is “Great!”  There is just one problem.  The Sounding Board would like me to not be so religious.

The Sounding Board is a non profit and volunteer operated magazine for the National Federation f/t Blind.  They do publish some stories with a light touch of spirituality.  I am acquainted with the NFB.  If my friends thought I was adamant about independent living and doing the same things, as others then they’d be in for a surprise with these guys.

The National Federation for the Blind do have the right idea about what the blinds can do.  Our difference is, I prefer the soft approach compared to them.  Don’t worry, they’re not all militants. 🙂  The goal is to reach the larger blind and visually impaired community and empower them to pursue a robust lifestyle that includes  professional careers, sports and everyday inclusion in society.  “Escaping the Bubble” is likely to be a natural hit with them.

One question I have is this.  What of the spiritual component?  What about faith in God, the Father and Jesus?  What is the spiritual inclination for the blind  community?  Would they want to come into a charismatic church?  What of an evangelical church or a Catholic church?

Why am I so interested?  For one thing, I would love for this community read stories like “Escaping the Bubble” and I am not sure of how to get my stuff into their hands.  I share and appreciate my friend’s enthusiasm; however the question remains “What am I missing?”

One thought on “What am I missing?

  1. Barry,
    Your not missing anything. It’s a matter of writing in such a way as the spiritual part stays intact, yet seems softened by the publisher.

    It’s a simple decision, on your part.

    Are you willing to tweak your message to be acceptable to the publisher? This can be done and you could keep the full content right here for those who want the impact, as long as the publisher is willing to let you keep the rights to your post, when purchasing the rights to use the content.

    or…

    Are you not willing to compromise your message?

    No one but you can decide this, and either answer is acceptable. If you soften the spiritual message, but keep it’s content, those who are interested in your work will come looking for you.

    The Apostle Paul said, “be all things to all people.”. You can reach the hardened with a soft message and lead them to the door of God’s throne room this way.
    You, my friend, just might be the writer for the job here! Who better?

    Let me ask you this. What is the Spirit within you saying? Is He urging you on, or giving you the red flag.

    Asking us, your peers, is great, and you can consider our responses. At the end of the day, though, what is God speaking to you.

    Good Work Barry! Good work!

    Blessings,
    Andrea

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