A Peril of Success
The peril of writing something that connects with people is that what you follow it up with won’t connect . . . at all. I’ve had it happen with blog posts, stories, and message board notes. So while I’m glad to have something I write connect with other people, it also makes me nervous. I wonder if the post/story/tweet/note was a one-time thing. What if that was my peak, and it’s all downhill from here? What then? Do I keep trying to repeat in various ways whatever element or ‘thing’ it was that worked before in the hopes it will work again?
Frankly, it can leave me feeling a bit nauseous, and there is a strong lure to walk away from the keyboard for at least a week (if not longer).
God, knowing this about me, then sees fit to pepper my mind with such tidbits as:
- Be the “you” God made you to be. - People inspired by the ingenuity of God can help bring in His presence. - God has already provided everything for us to do what He has made and called us to do. - When God starts His stories, He writes the end before the beginning. - Don’t get stuck in the way you think things should be.
And all that was in the course of one message this past Sunday. And maybe those words don’t strike any sort of a chord with you, but they do with me. I wrote them down, after all.
So I would like to say I have another marvelous, wonderful post to share with you today. But I don’t. Today ‘s post is here because I needed to sit down and push the resistance, the desire to quit because I’m scared and nervous. It’s part and process, I am learning, of finding my voice, my groove as a writer.
Thankfully, some other people found a fun, creative groove this past week (my elementary school music classes never sounded this good!):
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