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An online devotional for writers
Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ (Matthew 5:37, NLT)
Do you know how much time do you need to turn around a specific writing project? Dependability, I’ve discovered, has a whole lot to do with knowing myself and my limitations.
Just the other day, my phone beeped at 11:16 AM.
Do you have time to edit my final draft? The text began. It’s due by 5. I knew this client’s grant application was crucial in order for her nonprofit to continue to receive funding.
I looked at my calendar. If I bumped a personal writing project to the next morning, I’d still have time to finish another client assignment due that day and turn around the edits for this new request. So, I sent a quick “Yes” text and got to work.
Over the next hour, my fingers kept typing even when my office phone rang twice and the clothes dryer buzzed. Email notifications chimed successively, so I silenced the ringer. Hubby came in my office, saw my head down, and gently closed the door.
Just after I clicked Send, my cell phone dinged. “Thanks,” said the client. “I got the edits. I knew I could count on your yes.”
When I say “Yes” to a project, I am saying to the client, “Yes, I will do what it takes to get you this piece of content by the date and time you need it.” If I inflate my ability to deliver the writing project or if I let myself get distracted or if I keep my calendar inflexible, I do a great disservice to those who need writing help.
Jesus taught as much when He said, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’”
Dependability starts with knowing myself and my limitations - and acting on them.
Be a writer of your word.
Your Word stands forever and Your Word is reliable. Help me be dependable and reliable. Let my Yes be Yes and No be No to those who ask me for writing help.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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