I spent the last 9 years writing. I’ve been mostly offline for 6 months due to Rotator Cuff Surgery on my right should and the physical therapy needed to regain my range of motion. During this time, I assessed my life. I realized working at home feed into my belief that when Naomi was sharing her story all else took a back seat. Most days, between writing, editing, and social networking, I was on the computer 9 to 10 hours unless it was Sunday. Most of the other times I was offline were because Ron & I had other ministry obligations since he’s a pastor & missionary. Looking back, I admit that my life – the full life I loved – including time aside from ministry with Ron, took a back seat.
Years ago, I shared what was happening with some author friends and discovered they were in the same situation. So, why did it bother me now when it hadn’t before? My answer may shock those who’ve been called by God to write, as I was, and love it as I do.
God showed me that I’d became ‘A Person Doing’, rather than the ‘Human Being’ He created me to be. Writers who are passionate about their calling, as I am, can, as I did fall into the, “This is the most important thing I do,” mindset. If you begin to think like this you can become so focused on what you’re writing that you may not realize you’re surrendering your life to your characters.
God didn’t intend for this to happen. Yet, passionate believers don’t realize what their stepping away from. So, today I’m sharing My 2016 To Do List of Deletions & Additions & hope that reading it will help you chose to organize your life so it continues to be as it was before God called you to write for Him.
You'll notice that the first three items on my ‘To Do List’, set up time limits. Adhering to them will give me the time needed to do the other things on my list. Aware that changing isn't easy, I printed out and posted this list where I’ll see it to remind myself that I want to live a full life – the life God created me to experience.
My 2016 To Do List of Deletions & Additions
1. 2 to 3 hours writing or editing daily
2. 1 hour Facebook daily
3. 1 hour Twitter daily
4. Cook with or for Ron
5. Go one walks with Ron
6. Learn to do visitations
7. Join Choir
I believe God will bless my writing in ways I cannot imagine because I honored Him by choosing to be the 'Human Being' He created me to be! For Deuteronomy 6:5 says we are to Love the Lord with all our heat with all our soul and with all our strength. Thus putting our characters desire to share their story into its proper place, as well as our desire to let others know where they can find the work God called us to, allows us to honor & love God fully, without distraction.