January 17, 2019
New Year, No Goals by Lynn Dove
I applaud those, especially fellow writers, who set and keep goals for themselves to start the New Year. Whether the goals are just a continuation from the past year, or newly made, I pray that like the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24, you will be spurred on towards the finish line! Keep running the race set before you and keep at it until it is finished.
I strive for that as well, but I don't sprint for the finish line as some might do. My race for many years now has been a steady jaunt, like a cross-country run with deep mud pits and high obstacles to go over or go around and the finish line nowhere in sight. People keep nudging me to run faster but I can't. I keep my slow and steady pace and continue to be amazed by the intricacies of the journey lessons I learn along the way.
My writing journey meanders like a contented stream. Some days I am caught up in the current and will pour my thoughts onto paper undammed and heading straight for a waterfall. I will write for hours and days with no slowing down. Then there is that inevitable log jam, and words merely trickle onto paper. Life gets in the way. Grandchildren need my attention, my husband requires a proper meal, I must shoo dust bunnies from the house. It can be days and weeks before I return once more to the computer keyboard to again write.
Previous years, I would fret about not writing. My writing goals always before me, causing me angst because I could not keep to them. I no longer am guilty during those "log-jammed" times. My writing can wait. It is enough to know that I am in the centre of God's Will. There is a season for everything and He is in control. I embrace the journey and know there is a finish line at some point, even though for now, I don't see it.
Lynn Dove is the award-winning author, of the YA “Wounded Trilogy”- a contemporary Christian fiction series with coming-of-age themes. A wife, mom, grandmother, and free-lance writer with articles published in several magazines and anthologies including Chicken Soup for the Soul books, her blog, “Journey Thoughts” is a Canadian Christian Writing Award winner. Readers may connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and at lynndove.com