After attending the Oregon Christian Writers conference I knew I had what I needed to keep my focus on my goal, but my phone derailed my best intentions. To be honest about it, the call wasn’t what derailed me. I did it to myself.
Why do I still listen to that rebellious inner child that says NO when I want to do what I know is right? I know in the depths of me that it’s right to write. But I take off and run the other way. My goodness.
It wasn’t wrong, exactly, just slightly off the path I’d chosen.
“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus . . . ” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV).
I came to the conclusion tonight. I cut off those “other things” that were good and profitable and enjoyable and so on. I cut them off. They may be worthy activities to me, but they are distractions I just don’t need to pursue now.
I’m a student of the craft of writing, and I need to keep studying, keep doing my homework, keep working hard to be excellent, and keep my focus. This is where I believe Jesus is leading me. This is where I’m sure that I’m following him. This is where I feel like Eric Liddell, the Olympic runner, who is quoted in the classic movie Chariots of Fire, when he said “God made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.”
Now I’m taking that inner child to put her down for a nap.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis