Letting Go of Wannabe-Buts
My husband and I were having lunch with some good friends yesterday, and near the end of our time together at the restaurant I was asked how my novel is coming along. “Not at all,” was the gist of my reply, quickly followed by the ready excuses of more hours at work, life being busy, blah, blah, blah. Yet I know of two people who are busier than I – raising families and working full-time jobs and the like – who have wrote and self-published a fantasy novel and an eBook guiding idiots through the galaxy respectively. They did not, like myself, simply talk about their writing projects. They sat down and, well, wrote them. They had the courage and the discipline to get the job done and as a result, they now have completed books.
I’m tired of being a Wannabe-But:
- I wannabe a writer, but I’m not willing to make sacrifices so words get on pages.
- I wannabe someone who lives life on purpose, but I’m scared of failure, of living the wrong kind of life.
- I wannabe all God made me to be, but most days I’m not really sure what that is or how to go about doing what I do know.
And so on and so forth until I’ve trampled a few more ruts into the dirt, into my heart. It grows oh-so-wearisome, travelling these packed-down trails that go nowhere – which is why the following passage is a much-needed reminder for me as a new day unfolds:
Then Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)
“Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:29, Message)
So rather than bemoan how many of the 14,720 days of this life I have wasted, I’m going to pick myself back up and do what I can today. And then do the same tomorrow, and however many tomorrows I’m given after that.
And these words of advice greeting me each time I turn on my computer won’t hurt, either:
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