Dear Reading Friends and New Subscribers, this is David Telbat. If you are like me, do you feel lost at certain moments? I’m talking about a lack of direction, a deficit of inspiration, an absence of purpose.
This thought came to me recently when I stopped writing a novel midway through. I was interrupted and drawn to another project. Then, when I returned to the novel, it felt almost pointless to continue. I had no drive, though I did at one time. Doesn’t this happen with life as well? Interestingly, the same remedy for a lack of direction in writing also applies when we’ve lost inspiration in our daily lives.
Go Back to the Beginning
When I’m smacked with discouragement in my writing, I feel the need to be emboldened again, re-inspired, invigorated afresh! My first thought when feeling disheartened may be to give up, but I know now that my second thought will lead to new direction—to go back to the beginning.
As soon as I return to the first chapter and begin reading, I’m instantly energized. My feeble heart is strengthened as the original ideas refresh my spirit, reminding me why I’m a writer, what my goals are, and what I intend to share through my novel.
Remembering is Continuing
The Bible says this is the exact answer to life’s lack of enthusiasm as well. We need to go back to the beginning. We need to be reminded of why we first came to Christ, how He drew us in, how He loved us patiently through our years of stubbornness, how He performed His good work in us since that first prayer of surrender and commitment.
But this idea of tracing our path from the beginning isn’t meant to be only a fix for problems. It’s meant to be God’s method to help us maintain our inspiration every day. Remember the joy from the beginning. Recall our original need we had for Jesus. Don’t forget His comfort through those early years of tears.
The Rest of the Journey
However we’ve temporarily lost our way, there should be a memory, a record, a trail of experiences, to re-ignite our zeal to pick up the pen and keep writing. Or to stand up straight and smile with renewed vigor. The compassion we felt from God in the beginning hasn’t changed. With His strength, we won’t give up, because we’ve returned to Him as our Source!
By remembering our first steps, our feet will be ready for the rest of the journey.
See you on the next page!
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COMING UP: Join us next time for D.I. Telbat’s new short story, “Never Giving Up.” And in our following post, watch for David’s book review of Christian novel, No One to Trust by Lynette Eason. Thanks for reading!