17 February 2020
Natural versus Narrow ~ Good for Bad
Greetings Dear Reader,
Yesterday morning, after writing my BLOG, I had an hour before I needed to get dressed for church. I chose to work on the novel that is currently my focus for creation. There is another in rewrite and one in final edit. Within minutes I hit my writing stride and the words were flowing as fast as I could move my fingers.
Humming along through dialog between two of my primary characters, I was abashed when my phone reminded me it was time to get ready. I paused, typed out one more interchange, and then stopped. The boys in the basement kept churning out the dialogue. I captured another half page.
Then my mind began to mess with me. It suggested, “You know, writing is an act of worship for you. You could stay here and keep writing. You do not HAVE to go to church to worship.” I looked at the clock and compromised. I pondered that if I was in the shower in fifteen minutes, that I could get there in time to pray for the worship team and still be there for church.
The words and the time sped by. My mind whispered, “Look how good it is going. Just remain here and write. God will understand.” Then I realized what was happening. You see, I had a commitment to some people at church. I needed to be there to keep that commitment. I saved my work, made a few brief notes, and dressed for church.
There were no fireworks or choirs of angels lauding my choice. Rather, there was a clear understanding that it is possible to do good things for the wrong reason. It does not matter how clever my dialogue is if it is written because I am avoiding my obligations in other areas. I spent most of the day writing and the pace and ease were still there.
It is a natural thing to keep going when we are on pace. It is the narrow thing to break our stride for the needs of others. If I believe that my writing is an act of worship, then I must believe as well that it will be what it is supposed to be at the right times. Even writing requires my faith that the Father is working it all out as it should be.
As we walk the narrow path home, Dear Reader, we must manage our inner dialogue so that it speaks to what is right even when choosing between two things that are good. It is always good and right to share this journey with you.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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