Christmas is a magical time for children who eagerly anticipate the birth of the Baby Jesus. As they grow, their childhood faith is nurtured to accept more fully the wonder of our God.
Reflecting on our own lives, we know that spending time with the Lord, studying His Holy Word and communing with Him in prayer and contemplation strengthens our beliefs and brings us into a deeper relationship with the Creator. A mature Christian accepts the on-going call to conversion, knowing the faith journey never ends but is a life-long process of drawing closer to the Lord.
As writers, we are on a journey, as well. For most of us, the road is long and winding and requires perseverance and determination. It also requires that we believe in ourselves and in our ability to write.
At times, the journey to publication seems like an uphill climb. Family and personal needs may halt our progress or pull us off track. Illness or economic problems force us to detour from the main route and travel along back roads that seem to go nowhere.
Periodically, I need to analyze the reasons I write. Usually this comes after a tight deadline has forced me to spend long hours for many days at my computer. Sometimes it’s when I feel a tug to branch out in a new direction. The grass is always greener when I’m grappling with a submission or a story that doesn’t come together as easily as I had hoped. Each time of struggle leads to the same answer. God has planted a desire to write within me. That desire is part of who I am.
As Christmas draws near, I’m once again reflecting on my writing journey. Yes, I’ve achieved my initial goal of publication, but the more I learn, the more I realize how much more I have to learn. Here are some questions I’m asking myself.
Has my writing improved in the last year? What was my most significant writing achievement in 2011?
Did I receive confirmation that I’m on the right path?
How has my outlook changed over the last year? Do I have a better realization of my strengths and weaknesses?
Why do I write? Is it for personal or monetary gain? Do I still feel an inner call to write? How do I want my writing to impact others?
What is the largest stumbling block to finding time to write? What strategies can I incorporate into my life to overcome those obstacles?
How important is publication? If I never sold another book, would I still write?
Do I have a sense of the direction God is asking me to take in the upcoming year?
What tools do I need for the journey?
What can I discard from the past to lighten my load?
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I’ve brought cranberry bread and gingerbread cookies. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle to talk about writing.
This Christmas Eve, I’ll be lifting each of you up in prayer, asking the Christ Child to bless you and yours in the year ahead.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and much love and abundant blessings in the New Year,