Meet my webmaster/assistant, Eugene. As you can see, he tends to be shy about having his picture taken, but he can really use a camera!
A few weeks ago, he sent me a private post sharing a concern that the picture I'd used on that week's blog might not be legal because it had come via email from an unknown source. Since I had run low on my own photos, I tried another source, and that didn't work out, either, so now Eugene will be providing most of my blog photos.
One of our GirlsWriteOut members, jel, also does fabulous photography, and she has also offered to let me use her photos. Jel, would you please remind us of your website again? If anyone has missed seeing her photos, you've missed a blessing.
I so very much appreciate Eugene's sweet spirit and his desire to be open and aboveboard. He is a dedicated Christian who runs the sound system at his church. Not only does he do all he can to make sure my website is truthful and never misleading, but when he does find a problem or have a question, he does as the Bible teaches, and he comes to me quietly with his concerns, one-on-one. He doesn't wish for me to embarrass myself publicly. On the contrary, his wish is to keep me from being publicly humiliated. That's a true Christian spirit.
I've had other people in my life contact me privately about concerns they had about something I was doing. One was another writer who had read a manuscript I'd completed for publication. But she found some discrepancies about a particular subject with which she disagreed. Because of that concern, she apologized and told me she could not endorse the novel. She thought I'd be angry. I was not. I could have misled thousands of readers about that one subject simply because of the way I worded it. I still appreciate her for her courage and honesty, giving me the opportunity to rewrite something no one else had caught.
There are people in our lives who guide us. They may have to completely contradict something we've done, and they may even risk our anger or hurt feelings, but because they care about us, they will speak up. You can tell if their concern is sincere in the way they speak up. They do so with humility. They do so quietly, privately. And they do it because they care. You may not agree with them, but if they are sincere, they will also sincerely be willing to discuss the situation with you. In private. Those are the ones who are true friends.
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