I have blocked off my calendar all day today to do what I love.
But I have to admit it terrifies me!
I know from the core of my being that I am called to write and yet my mind plays tricks and tells me twisted lies that I can’t do it or it won’t be good enough, who wants to read what I write as the little minions continue their rant.
When it comes time for me to sit down and actually write, a few things sabotage me. I can so easily get distracted! I am like, oh look, a squirrel! And off I go.
Today for instance, it took me two hours to get to my desk.
YES! TWO HOURS!
Not because I wasn’t at home or I have an office somewhere else but rather from the lower level of my house to my upstairs writing space there were a myriad of distractions.
So what did I do? I cleaned, not a bad thing! After all, I don’t want to live in a pigsty.
I finished putting away the last of the Christmas decor. Yes, it all needs to be organized.
I made granola, yes of course because we were out, and I did a load of laundry so my dear husband wouldn’t have to wear his underwear inside out tomorrow.
These are all good things but they are distractions when I need to work on my book. I actually have a deadline, not self-imposed, but a legitimate-I-signed a-contract-with-a-publisher deadline.
Here is the irony. I love to create words on a page to encourage and yes even challenge, yet it is sometimes difficult to posture myself in a space to write. Anyone who believes that it’s easy is grossly mistaken. Most writers I’ve talked to don’t just sit down randomly to create a project that gets put into a book.
It can be agonizing and feels like I am hiking up a mountain in 120-degree weather with a 100 lb. pack on my back. There are moments where the climb is easier but it is still a push to move forward with sweat and yes, even tears!
The exhilarating part of the climb is reaching the top of the summit. When I get there and the project is moving along and then finished, it is like standing on the highest mountain peak looking out at the magnificent panoramic view with gratefulness of being able to climb and reach the top.
It truly is a gift, a miracle each time I hold a finished project in my hand and I thank God for the honor of bestowing the gift even when it’s hard.
Whether you are a writer, speaker, leader, teacher, coach, whatever you’ve been gifted and called to do, if we are honest, living out expressing our gifts can be terrifying.
Here are a few things to encourage you and what I am learning on the mountainous journey.
The gift isn’t about ME.
The gifts I have, and in this case, I am writing about writing.
It isn’t about me! It’s about God. He is the giver of the gifts.
I don’t write to bless me, I write to bless others!
My hope is that in someway the stories and thoughts will transform the reader and move them forward in a way that is life changing. My dream is that it will draw people closer to the heart of Jesus and living lives that are intentional and purposeful. These are the reasons I write.
I don’t have to do it alone.
I can ask for help.
God expects us to walk and live in community. That means we don’t have to do things all by ourselves.
Being a strong independent person, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not asking for help. I don’t mean asking that someone actually sit beside me as I write, it means finding a tribe of people who can support, pray and encourage you and I on our path of exercising our gifts.
I have an amazing group of women who do this for me, they pray, give me encouragement and inspire me as I learn from those who are just a bit further down the road than I am. It’s way more fun to have companions on the journey. And when you get to the top, you have people to celebrate with you. That is the best part of all!
Who wants to party all alone?
Remember that God wants us to succeed.
After all He gave us the gift in the first place! You and I are responsible to unwrap the gift, take it out of the box and actually use it!
God didn’t give us gifts for them to sit on a shelf or to hide them in a closet. He gave you and I gifts for a purpose and He is our biggest cheerleader!
It’s a NEW Year with new doors that are waiting for us to walk through with fresh opportunities. Take that gift off the shelf that you have been hiding because maybe like me you’ve been a little afraid to actually start using it.
Let’s stop whining,
put on our packs,
and ASK God to do what He does best, helping us put one foot in front of the other even if we are terrified.
He promises to help us every step of the way as we seek to honor Him with the gifts and the call He has entrusted to us.
Hey, I will see you at the top of the summit to celebrate!
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3