Excerpt from Bill Keller's Daily Devotional. It seems to apply not only to my nutritional and spiritual needs, but also to writing:
The reality is, living our faith each day is a bit like making sausage. It is not always pretty. There are things in our life we wish weren't there. However, if we don't give up, work at it each day, do the things we are supposed to do, in the end it works! That is the bottom line. As disgusting as the process of making sausage can be, the fact is when it is finished, cooked on an open grill, it tastes great!!! As difficult and challenging as living our faith is each day, as much as we struggle to follow the Lord and His Word, the fact is at the end of the day we find that peace, the assurance of His love, and realize it really works.
Just like making sausage isn't the prettiest site to behold, neither is how we live our faith most of the time. We all struggle, fail, battle, move forward, fall back, realize we need to do more, get weary, get convicted, question God, find a good groove for a while, lose it, wonder what we are supposed to do for the Lord, get to where we need to be, and so on it goes. Sound familiar? This is life my friend as we fight the battle each day with the flesh and the Sprit, as we do our best to "die to self" and live our life for Him.
Each day is a new opportunity to walk with the Lord. If you know Jesus in the pardon of your sins by faith, you will be spending all eternity with Him. Now is a good time to learn how to walk with Him. You do that daily by reading God's Word, praying, and by consciously surrendering your life to Him each day. It is the only relationship you will take from this brief journey through life and enjoy for all eternity. The best part, despite all of the problems, the trials and tribulations of living in our weak flesh and in this fallen world, when we walk with the Lord we come to know God's peace, His joy, and the abundance Jesus promised we would have.
Making sausage in a difficult process, so is living our faith. However, in the end both can turn out wonderful!!!