500+ for 50 – day 19: faith led, effortlessly inspired
When I made the commitment 19 days ago to offer a contribution to my blog of 500 words or more daily for 50 consecutive days, I anticipated that I might run into some challenges. I understood that even some the most seasoned writers may have trouble fulfilling such a pledge. But I decided not to allow my fears and doubts to discourage my efforts. I had already proven to myself that I could make the sacrifices necessary to take a healthy stance in other areas of my life, so I saw no reason why writing should be any different? If I wasn’t open to compromising my physical workout routine, then why would I be willing to take a different position on my mental training? Writing was going to be critical to the overall success of my push towards personal growth and development.
I’m sure that one of the toughest questions one might pose with regards to my commitment to the task at hand would be “what in the world are you going to write about for 50 days straight?” And that would be a very legitimate concern for most people. After all, prior to venturing off on this journey my entire blog was made up of 50 posts. So by early September, I will have matched the output of three years in less than two months’ time. Seems like a pretty lofty feat for an amateur blogger who’s less than adequately conditioned for the road before him. But amazingly enough, thanks be God, my subject matter is never an issue. The Lord prepares my mind with fresh ideas every day, and he gracefully guides me through the completion of each and every work. To a point it becomes almost effortless.
While working full time and managing the other responsibilities of my life, I find very few opportunities to set time aside to sit quietly and reflect on the focus of my blog and develop new creative ideas. I’ve been forced to learn to adapt to the rat race and roll with the madness. There are moments throughout the day when something may catch my eye, a quote may inspire me, or a memory may appear and encourage the focus of my next post. When I encounter those bits of inspiration, I log them immediately on a Post-It note by my desk or in the notes section of my phone. But there are days when I’m just too overwhelmed with life to perhaps even be enough in tune with the world around me to see the signals and direction that are offering their guidance to me. And those are the nights that I reach for my laptop, open a new Word document and sit by the screen watching the cursor blink as I await God’s further instruction.
Generally, after a few deep breaths and perhaps a couple moments of meditation and prayer, it hits me. I’m given a glimpse of a topic that needs my attention. And I begin writing immediately. The first paragraph is generally where I spend the bulk of my time. Because it’s in that first paragraph that I settle in to my subject matter. I still may not fully understand the direction or meaning behind what I’m about to tackle, but I usually have established a basic idea of where I’m headed. And as I continue to develop my post, God’s influence takes over. Words begin to flow to my mind at a rapid rate. Memories become more vivid and thoughts more clear, and my motivational pulse begins racing with enthusiasm. I can feel myself transition into a person far more developed and well-rounded than the one that I often see in the mirror. And I believe that it’s in those moments that I embody the vision of my future as my writing and my life are paired with Christ.
When you team up your vision with your faith, your efforts to pursue your passion will become nearly effortless. The day that you realize that God has chosen to involve Himself directly in your work, you will rest easy about the road ahead knowing that you won’t be required to have all the answers. Your job from that day forward will simply be to show up on time and embrace and develop the talents and abilities that He has given you. If you commit to your purpose, He will see to it that your dreams come to fruition as He continues to bless you with His abundance. Your remarkable gifts will be revealed to everyone around you and your service will create opportunities for miracles in the lives of others. And you will feel blessed to say that every day you are living the dream, doing your life’s work.
I feel that it is my calling to write. But you may find your mission to be something completely different that is as unique to you as you are a person. No matter your circumstances, don’t allow yourself to settle for anything less than what God has intended for you. If you haven’t discovered your purpose, keep searching. You will know when you’ve found it, because you will recognize His presence immediately and you will feel led to a greater calling in your life. And your vision of your life’s “work” will never be the same…
May God Bless!