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The other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. (Matthew 25:4, NLT)
My hubby is a self-taught do-it-yourselfer. Our home is graced with his handiwork, including a solid cherry china hutch, a new screen porch, two stone faced fireplaces …
Plenty of trial and error have taught him a simple rule to follow when planning a project: order extra supplies. If he estimates that he needs eight 2 x 4s for a project, he gets ten. If measurements show he’ll need at least fifty ceramic tiles for the bathroom floor, he orders sixty.
His “Get Some Extra” rule saves him effort, time, and money. The padding prevents frustration from the inevitable mismeasurement or wrong cut. With extras on hand, he can continue his work without interruption. After the project is complete, he can return unused supplies to the local home improvement store or keep them for the next project.
The “Get Some Extra” rule works for writers, too.
Let’s say you’re preparing a new piece for a newsletter. You dutifully research the topic and interview experts. But don’t get “just enough” research to write your article. Get some extra … as in extra statistics, quotes, interesting facts, examples, and testimonials. With extras in hand, you can pick and choose what to use and write with less interruption. Once you’ve used what you need, then do as my dear hubby does: keep the extras for another project.
Jesus explained the “Get Some Extra” Rule in the Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. All ten young ladies were preparing for the wedding feast. Yet when the time came, five ran low on oil – the presence of God. Meanwhile, five were wise enough to “take along extra.” They were in a continual state of readiness and eagerness.
Be a wise writer. When you research, gather extra.
When you research, gather extra.
Thank you that I live in a time when information is readily available. Give me the wisdom and patience to research deeply and gather more facts than I need. Show me what to use and what to save.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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