By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. (Proverbs 19:2, NLT)
Catching the details in a grant announcement can mean writing success … or prevent it.
I nearly kicked myself as I read this email from a funder:
“Our review committee has considered your grant application. Your proposed project is an excellent fit for our areas of interest, but as an existing program it does not meet our criteria. As noted on page 22 of the grant announcement, we fund new projects only.”
Never mind that the “new-projects-only” requirement had been buried among a long set of instructions. I had missed that itty-bitty detail when I prepared the application.
Quite plainly, I’d been so excited about the funder’s priorities that I failed read the grant announcement carefully. Now, one little detail meant the hours of work lost.
But my mistake was not in my excitement. Enthusiasm, says Solomon, can be a good thing – but only when it is well-informed.
The culprit here: hurry. “Haste makes mistakes,” wrote Solomon, famous for his wisdom (Proverbs 19:2, NLT).
Keep your excitement high. And take your time to read the details t so you can write knowledgeably.
Informed enthusiasm is more powerful than mere excitement.
Read details slowly. You'll save time.
Thank you for the excitement you plant in my heart as I approach a new project. Help me be a good steward of that enthusiasm by making sure I am well-informed. Slow me down. Let me read details carefully and then write knowledgeably.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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