Friday, Jan 07, 2011

Finding the Time To Write

Throughout my many years as a professional writer, I’ve encountered numerous “writers” who have easily given up on their dream to write. The reasons are many and vary. But one of the recurring reasons has been a lack of time. 

I’ve heard comments like the following:

  • I don’t have time to write.
  • I’ll write when my children are back in school.
  • I’ll write when my children are grown.
  • I’ll write when I quit my job.
  • I’ll write when I retire.

And the list of excuses goes on and on. 

Yes, they are excuses. At the risk of seeming hard-hearted, I want, instead, to speak the truth in love. All of the above are simply excuses.

How can I say that?  Well, God has given each of us 168 hours a week. No one person has more time than any other person. The key to success is what we do with those 168 hours.

Some people use them well; other people, not so well.  What is the difference? 

The difference is that those who use their 168 hours a week well are those who have established their priorities in life.  They are people who have developed a clear vision of where they are headed and who have eliminated everything in their lives that will not move them toward their destination. 

If you are called to write, then you can assume that God has provided you with the time to write.  But, perhaps, you are using that time to do something God has not called you to do. 

That is where I was early in my writing career. I was involved in church ministries that were not mine to be involved in.  So, when our Lord, in His great mercy, showed me where I was missing it, I repented and gave up those church ministries. 

Perhaps your problem is not so much a time problem as a priority problem. Take a close look at all of the activities in which you are involved. Make a list of them. Then ask yourself if God has called you to that activity. 

When I was struggling with priorities years ago and complaining to God that I just didn’t have enough time to do everything, our Lord spoke words to me that I will never forget. He said, “MaryAnn, you always have enough time to do what I have called you to do.” 

And you too, dear Writer Friend, always have enough time to do what God has called you to do.

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