There is a tug-of-war going on inside as I peer into the coming year. It's between the desire to be more productive and wanting to just rest in God's timing.
This month's prompt asked what risks we were willing to take as writers and what ways we intended to stretch ourselves as we strive toward our goals. I'm not sure about risks, but I do feel stretched. Like many of us, I have a long list of projects I want to see come to completion this year. Included on that list are two novels that are both near completion. KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBORS is the sequel to my NEIGHBORS series, and WHISPERING WINDS is a third book following WIND OVER MARSHDALE and LONE WOLF. As well, the rights for my first novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON, which was published over seven years ago, have been reverted back to me. I would like to revise and re-publish it using my own imprint. Did I mention a couple of plays that I'd like to submit for publication, a non-fiction book based on some blog posts, a ton of other business related things like revamping my website and finding some new distribution channels, writing a regular column for FellowScript, finishing some online courses that I started...
The list is quite lengthy.
Yet, I feel God prompting me to keep my goals simple this year. Not that there is anything wrong with the above 'to do' list. I hope I manage to accomplish most of the things on it. However, of greater importance is to be more aware of God's timing. I have a tendency to run ahead of God. At the end of 2016 I want to be able to look back and know that I was listening, no matter how many items are checked off that list. That means more time in quiet reflection and more time in His presence. For me, letting go of 'the list' is a stretch, but it's one that I'm ready for. In essence, I've made my list of goals but I'm leaving it up to God.
I'm excited about this year. Productivity aside, I'm anticipating God's presence, leading, and blessing. What could be better than that?