To Finish or Not…Is it Really an Option?
"God is the Author and Finisher of our faith”
I have heard many would-be authors make the remark that they have several books “in the works.” My question to them is: How many have you finished?
You will never experience that special sense of accomplishment that comes with putting "The End” on something you've poured your heart, soul, and emotions into for weeks, months, or years on end, unless you finish your book, short story, article, poem, or whatever.
There are many merits and rewards in terms of confidence, experience, and self-esteem when you finish a project. I believe it's what changes your perspective of yourself (for me anyway) from a wannabe writer to an author.
Don't worry if it's not good, publishable, or even legible. Just get it done! Unless you are one of the blessed professionals who get everything right the first time out and never have to rewrite a single word, believe me, you will have plenty of time to revise, rewrite, polish, or whatever.
Minister (author, teacher and conference host) Joyce Meyer has a book called Battlefield of the Mind. In her book, Joyce lists several "wilderness mentalities" that kept the Israelites (and people today) from entering into the Promised Land (blessings of God). One of those listed was fear. Another was procrastination (which is rooted in fear).
Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of getting to ‘the end’ and not having any more stories in you. You name it and every writer who has ever (or never) been published, will tell you that they experience that fear at one time or another. Many will tell you (yes, even published authors) that they face fear every time they sit down and look at that blank screen.
However, you cannot overcome, if you don't step out on FAITH and finish what God has put in you! Writing is a talent given to us from God. The Bible says in Hebrews (12:2) that Jesus is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Isn't it only sensible that we finish what we start?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Precious Lord Jesus, Your Word says in Habakuk (2:2) that we should write the vision and make it plain upon the tablets…give us the grace that we may finish the work you have set before us and then, send forth Your Spirit that we may share that work with the world. In Jesus’ name we pray…Amen.
Award-winning author, Pamela S. Thibodeaux is the Co-Founder and lifetime member of Bayou Writers Group in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Multi-published in romantic fiction and creative non-fiction, her writing has been tagged as, “Inspirational with an Edge!” and reviewed as “steamier and grittier than the typical Christian message without decreasing the message.
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