Friday, February 25, 2011

What are you writing?

What is your story?
I'm stuck. I'll admit it. I've been putting off this essay assignment for 2 weeks now, and it definitely isn't going away. I think my professor knows that, because he added another essay and a craft response of 500 words due in a few weeks, after spring break. So now, instead of one essay, I pretty much have 3. Lovely.
Normally, writing comes easily to me. Clearly, I like to write, considering I have this blog to share with anyone and everyone. Something will come to mind and I'll just say it - sometimes this is good, most of the time it's bad. With this essay though, I'm stuck.
Here's the thing. The deal with this class is, you have to write 3 essays. Easy enough, over the course of a semester. But - and there's always a but - you have to revise each one so that you have 3 drafts per essay. That's about 30-40+ pages of writing. I've already turned in this first essay once, and let me tell you, that one was rough. I had it finished, until my USB decided to play peek-a-boo and lose it. So, I had to start over and write it all over again, only this time, I had a fever. Nice, I know. It's strange though. I know what I want to say, and I have my ideas down on the paper. I just have to reword and rewrite some things. It's so hard though. It's like I just don't know what to say. I was so frustrated the other day that I just wanted someone to write it for me, even though I couldn't. Besides, the paper wouldn't have the same effect. It's supposed to be an essay about me. My own story.
I receive a devotional email called "Girlfriends in God" every morning. This morning, one paragraph stuck out to me and made me think of my essay:
"It has been estimated that most people speak enough words in one week to fill a large book of 500 pages which, in the average lifetime, would amount to somewhere around 3000 volumes or 1,500,000 pages."
Now that is a ridiculous number of pages to write. I'm thinking 3 or 4 pages is tough - try 1,500,000!
That wasn't all the devotional had to say about the subject though. It posed an important question:
What kind of story are you writing with your words?
Pretty deep for 8 AM, don't you think?
But honestly, what kind of stories are we writing? Are we writing ones of lives being led for Christ, helping others to grow stronger and ourselves closer in God? Or are we writing what would be a best seller today, full of drama, parties, lust, and sin? It's a good question to ask ourselves.
Your NR challenge for this post is a tricky one. Truly ask yourself, what story am I writing? Am I writing one that God would want to read with a smile? Or one that would displease the most important person in your life, Jesus?
I don't know about you guys, but I have some writing to do.
Are you in?


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