“There are not three stages in spiritual life—worship, waiting and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs, we jump from worship to waiting, and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together. They were always together in the life of our Lord. He was unhasping and unresting. It is a discipline, we cannot get into it all at once.” –Oswald Chambers
We’re almost a week into 2015, and if you’re like me, you’re still wondering what to make your New Years resolution. My resolution this year is to write once a day for the entire month of January. You won’t see every day’s result because a lot of the writing will be brainstorming for LEGEND, my coffee break writing story.
Why don’t I make my resolution for the entire year? Because I want to start out small. I tend to make giant leaps for goals that end up getting me discouraged when I don’t meet them.
The long-term plan is certainly to write every day for the whole year like my best friend Michael who, as of today, has just celebrated his 365th day of writing in a row (congrats, buddy!). But in order to do that, I need to keep things in balance and take small steps to cross the distance. Like Oswald Chambers said, I’ve been jumping around in different areas of my life—school, church, writing, etc.
In our fast-paced culture, we have a tendency to blitz through everything, trying to get everything done by jumping from one area to another. I wonder how different our daily lives would be if we began to see how it all connects.
I will write every day in January because it fulfills my creative energy, which will help me perform better in my last semester of classes, which will prepare me for a career in youth ministry, which will fulfill God’s calling in my life…
So what about you? What’s your New Years resolution, and how will you be keeping it in balance?