EFFORT and EFFECT

250301691759428464_PB7blmvN_fBut the fruit of the Spirit is…self-control.
Galatians 5.22

Don’t worry, we’re going to return to our regularly scheduled program soon. Promise.

One thing I’m realizing about this season, and the coming season, is that there is a real need for me to grow in discipline. I am historically a very undisciplined person. A few years ago a good man put his hand on my head and said these words: You have great skill, great abilities, but because of that, temptation would arise to just get it done quickly, adequately. The Lord doesn’t want you to do it adequately. He wants you to do it with excellence.

It wasn’t the first time the Lord drew gentle attention to that particular area of weakness and, God help me, it hasn’t been the last. Because I have found many things come easily to me, I rarely give any attention to the things which do not. The nice part of that is that I know my calling and rarely waste time chasing meandering rabbits of wishful thinking. The nasty part of that is that if takes more than a little effort, I don’t do it.

As I began to take stock of the coming season I began to realize that unless I attacked it with a Gibraltar sized determination, I would go nowhere fast.

The thing about discipline, though, is that if nobody knows you’re gritting your teeth and planting your seat, it’s hard to have any sense that, well, anything is happening.

So, dear readers, I have no intention of making you my science experiment, yet every intention of making you my partners in crime.

I know that my writing is best swallowed in smaller amounts, so posts of a spiritual nature you will not be finding an over-abundance of. Three a week (tops). One will come on Mondays.

Tuesdays there will hopefully be a smattering of images I’ve collected over my week—I’ve lived too many places and left too many people behind to cheat them of snapshots of life.

Wednesdays & Thursdays I’ll give some more offerings of the writing you’ve grown familiar with here (depending on current events and the Holy Spirit, of course).

And on Fridays there will be a book review and giveaway of said book (baring shipping costs which might overwhelm me in a few weeks, we’ll see.).

Saturdays will be a gathering of links to articles, posts, and people I’ve found interesting throughout the week.

Sundays are my sabbath day and while I do a good amount of writing on that day, I think it would be best to keep it quiet around here.

Does that sound too overwhelming to you? It does to me and that’s why I think it will be good, good, good for me. I work best under pressure and pressure this will be. But it’s never my desire to overwhelm you, so cry Mercy! or Uncle! and I’ll listen, really, I will.

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10 responses to EFFORT and EFFECT

  1. I so relate to this, Lore. In so many ways . . . particularly the tendency to do what comes easy and leave what takes discipline behind.

    But blogging every day, that has become part of my writing practice, something that draws me into discipline, . . . so I highly support the schedule you’ve set here. Brava to you!

  2. Thank you for encouraging me! Really. I’ll be honest. I’m timidly doing this. Not in fear of anyone else, just my own fear and lack of discipline. But some of the best seasons of my life have been times when I was writing consistently, or being disciplined in some other area of life. God help me!

  3. Louissa Sinclair July 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

    i’m glad you’re doing this. there’s never too much Lore Writing in my life.

  4. Thanks Weasy. I think the same about louissa.com (hint, hint).

  5. Whew! It does sound overwhelming to me. And yet, I get it. I’ve cut back to two times a week instead of three but I’m not sure I’ve used the extra time for its original purpose. Maybe I need to go back to three so I’ll have a fire lit under me.

  6. But does it sound too overwhelming to read? I don’t want to overwhelm you guys =)

  7. you go girl!

  8. No, I don’t think it’s too overwhelming to read. If I’m having a disciplined writing day, I just might save a few posts in my Reader for the weekend, which is how I operate already.

  9. Ha! Thanks! Let me know if it’s too much, yeah?

  10. Oh, that’s a goooood idea. I should do that =)

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