Keeping on Track with my Writing – Hebrews 12:1-2

After attending the Oregon Christian Writers conference I knew I had the information I needed to keep my focus on the goal, but a phone call derailed my best intentions. To be honest, it wasn’t the caller or my phone’s fault I got off track. I did it to myself.

Discussing publishing and fiction with author Jane Kirkpatrick at Corvallis book signing
With author Jane Kirkpatrick

Why do I still listen to my cranky inner child that resists when I chose to go a new direction?  In the depths of me I believe developing my writing is the right path, but I end up running away. My goodness.

I came up with a plan to remedy that. I cut off my distractions, the activities that though they may be good and profitable and enjoyable, they’re not best for now.  I stuffed them in a box and put them in storage.

I don’t think the kid in me will even notice they’re gone.

“And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus . . . ” .


Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV

I need to keep doing my homework, perfecting how I communicate. I’m a follower of Jesus, and I believe he is pleased with me working on my writing. It reminds me of Olympic runner Eric Liddell, who is quoted in Chariots of Fire as saying, “God made me fast, and when I run I feel his pleasure.” That’s what I feel when I write with my eyes fixed on Jesus.

Meanwhile, my inner child is on her way to the bedroom. She seriously needs a nap.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon’s fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for the Warner Press quarterly, Pathways—Moments with God, since 2016 and posts free devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

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