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An online devotional for writers
They said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will teach to them, too. That is why I came.” (Mark 1:37-38, NLT)
A 25-hour day! It happens once a year in the U.S. on the first Sunday in November, when clocks move back one hour from Daylight Savings Time.
It used to be my favorite day. I had wiggle room to write more content, answer more email, outline more blog posts, pitch more prospective clients … I could get more done.
Why the frenzy? For the simple reason that my writing goal was vague. Hence, I mistakenly took “more” activity to mean that I got more done.
Jesus didn’t try to accomplish 25 hours of work in a 24-hour day. Instead, he took time to rest with friends. He walked a lot. He frequently wandered off by Himself. In Capernaum, He left a long line of people waiting for healing – the whole town – to move onto other villages in Galilee and teach there.
Jesus knew His goal – He came to teach. He kept His goal front and center, which allowed Him to set healthy work-life boundaries.
A vague writing goal makes me a slave to the clock, always working to get more done. A clear writing goal allows me to work systematically in small steps to achieve it.
Which means less frenzy.
A clear writing goal – whether it’s writing a book or finishing a blog post – is a healthy boundary. And I don’t need a 25-hour day to achieve it.
A clear writing goal is a healthy boundary.
I confess my ambition in wanting to have more time in order to get more done. I mistakenly equate activity for true accomplishments. Show me how to say no to some ideas and zero in on the writing goals you have for me.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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