In the last week of 2009, three things happened that got me thinking about change and how we naturally resist it. In each situation I had to adapt and accept that life is unpredictable, strange and sometimes downright funny.
In a similar manner, we need to be flexible with our writing. How often do we cringe when an editor or friend with more experience suggests or demands changes … especially when it's our favorite sentence or paragraph? We have two choices: dig our heels in and refuse to listen or evaluate what they're saying, and if necessary, work with them to improve our writing.
As 2010 stretches ahead, I see it as a blank sheet of paper, full of possibilities and hope. While God has a perfect plan for each of our lives, we need to seek it out and follow Him with our whole being. I see Him leaning over our shoulders expectant, waiting to see what we will write upon the clean page 2010. Will we listen to the whisper of His Spirit or will we stubbornly follow our own selfish desires.
I pray that God give you courage wisdom and discernment as you plot your path this year. Don't limit yourself but ask Him to use you in ways you never thought possible. I'm looking forward to hearing great reports of what's happening in each of your lives.
And by the way, if you're wondering what happened to me over Christmas and New Year it was a combination of an ultraviolet glow-stick, printing the wrong story and an impromptu nine hour trip on New Year's Eve. You can read about it on my blog if you'd like to have a good laugh!