At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself, that I would write one blog post a week for the entire year. After procrastinating for a few months and trying to convince myself that I was good enough, I wrote my first post of the year in April. I was on a streak for a while, but I slowly started slipping. For most of my life, I have been one to go easy on myself. I rarely challenge myself to go the extra mile. I tend to be happy with the bare minimum. So, the first time I skipped a post, I patted myself on the back and promised to be back at it the next week. I ended up not posting anything for 4 months.
In October, I saw that some bloggers were doing a 31-day blogging challenge. I thought, “I could never even think of doing anything like that.” But, as the year approached its end, I realized that, if I wanted to make anything of a writer out of myself, I needed to be more diligent. And what better way to do it than a 31-Day challenge of my own.
Another thing about me is that I’m not good at planning ahead. I guess you could say I work well under pressure. Although I would probably work better without the pressure. I was that student in college who waited until the night before an assignment was due to start it. So when December 1st rolled in, I wasn’t really ready. In 1 Kings Chapter 17, we read the story of Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath. One of the biggest lessons that we learn form this, is that God gave her enough bread for each day. This is how I’ve been feeling through this challenge.
Every day, I spend the whole day trying to decide what I’ll write. At the end of my work day, when I still have nothing, I think, I couldn’t possible write something by the end of tonight. But, somehow, I have been writing every day for the last 17 days. I almost gave up this weekend, I had a lot on my plate and I wasn’t in my normal comfort zone, so getting myself centered enough to come up with a post was hard. But I’m thankful that my friends were there and didn’t let me quit.
There are still 13 days left in the month of December, and I am looking forward to seeing what things God will lay in my heart to write. In the meantime, I’ll follow Paul’s example:
Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV): Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.