Okay….brace yourselves, friends. I am under conviction over several things in my life and I’m going to start writing about them. The next few weeks (in the midst of Oldest Manchild’s wedding!), I am pulling out the ol’ laptop and striking the keys with renewed purpose. I’d love to have you follow along as I unpack my brain. Please leave a comment or if it’s something you particularly enjoy reading, pass it along via one of the links provided.
The first thing I’m pulling out of the brain box is the fact that I am not writing as much as I should be. I am a “retired musician”. Meaning that my first career was music. For a LOT of years. I spent most of 40 years practicing singing, 30 of those very intensely. I spent almost 50 years with a piano, either playing it or teaching it. None of this came without hours and hours of practice. Before I “retired” (I put that in quotes because I don’t know what else to call it), God gave me a job to do. I have completed that job, the Timeline study. It was a 4-year process so, believe me, I felt like that baby was ready to go to school by itself just like I did with my kiddos when they were about that age and I had poured into them for 4 years.
The odd thing about this new phase of life that I’m in is that I felt like I knew how to be a musician, practice-practice-practice and listen-listen-listen. But I have no real idea about how to be a writer. Over the last several weeks I’ve been listening to podcasts while I’m in the car and I’ve heard one author after another talk about the challenges of writing. I realized that it’s essentially the same thing as being a musician…practice-practice-practice and listen-listen-listen.
I’m thanking you in advance if you take time to read my blog posts. Some of them are going to be junk and some may actually have some meat and bones. I’m learning though and this is where I am doing it. Thanks for being in my schoolroom with me. I really appreciate it. The more feedback I get, the better I formulate ideas. I will tell you, when the only person you have to talk about what’s on your mind is yourself…it’s a pretty one-sided conversation! I have ideas stirring about things I want to write about and I am actually a little excited. Now that’s today. Tomorrow I may want to go back to bed when I sit down with this machine!
I keep reminding myself of Colossians 3:17 and 23-24,
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…and whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.