Today can be "someday"
I’m using some of this time where we are externally forced to slow down, to clean out different areas of our house. One of the first areas that we focused on was a small room (about 8x8) that is in the back corner of our house. Throughout the time we’ve lived here, there have been various attempts to turn this space into an office, a craft room, back into an office, a combination craft and office room, and then it became a catch-all and storage space. With all 5 members of our family now living, working, and doing school from home, I needed a set space for an office. And not just any office, a fully functioning office that helps me be productive and serve my clients well.
In the process of turning the space into an office, I’ve been going through piles of papers, listening to podcasts, and trying to discard FAR MORE than I am keeping. I reached out to a friend for some organizing tips and successfully discarded boxes and boxes of old scrapbooking supplies that I haven’t touched in years.
I found several workbooks and guides that I’ve printed out and forgotten about. I found at least 15 different notebooks that are completely blank except for the first couple of pages. Then I came across 4 different online course workbooks that I printed out and put into a pile to work through “someday.” And I discovered I have at least 5 different workbooks on goal-setting.
One blessing of the shelter in place order is that right now can be “someday.” I can make time to dig into an online course that I purchased but didn’t actually do anything with. I can pick ONE of the different goal workbooks and work through setting some goals for the next season of my life. I can pick up one of those notebooks and actually WRITE in it.
On a call with a friend and mentor last week, we were talking about the reality that when God has given you a gift, if you aren’t making use of it, you are being disobedient.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Um, that was a bit hard to hear. I’ve always written and have multiple stories in varying degrees of completion but I can guarantee that writing has been far, far down on my list of things to do on a regular basis.
So, this time of slow-down, of staying at home, has also been a time of creativity and of writing. Of pulling out those notebooks and starting to see them filling up with words.
If you haven’t written in a while, it can be tough to get started again. One thing I love to do is to write out scripture. Copying it out by hand allows me to soak in the words and reflect on them in a different way than when I read them or speak them out loud. Then I like to follow that up with writing what I think about them or sometimes a prayer or, sometimes, whatever is on my heart or in my mind.
After writing Bible verses and my responses for a day or two, I find the rest of the words are easier to write, easier to come tumbling out of my head and onto the paper, or even through the keyboard (I almost said typewriter!).
If you are blogging and haven’t been consistent with your writing, I encourage you to set a publication goal and commit to being consistent with your writing and publishing. Especially if you are looking to monetize your blog, consistency will pay off.
Don’t hold back on what God is calling you to do. Serve Him and serve your audience with the words he’s given you - regardless of whether you are writing a blog, recording a podcast, or doing a video - the world needs your voice more than ever right now.