Welcome Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat with a page from my Writer’s Tablet called, “My Writing Output Depends on God’s Input.” Thanks for joining us. (Be sure to see our announcements below!)
Ever had an “off” day? So there I was, ready to write, my heart racing, my fingers trembling, my eyes wide, anticipating the next scene—but nothing was flowing. The words wouldn’t come. The sentences were mangled. The chapter was in disarray. My mind wouldn’t focus. My spirit seemed to be lacking something essential.
What was wrong with me? I could excuse this as writer’s block, but I know “off” days happen to all of us, writers or not. There was something more fundamental I needed to understand…
We Need Better Reception
For Years, when this type of spiritual discombobulation would happen, I’d usually set my work aside or try to force my way through it. Neither of these routes dealt with the actual problem, though. It only led to laborious rewrites or completely failed manuscripts. But in the last few years, I’ve caught myself before I tried to muscle my way through the moment. It wasn’t determination I needed; I needed better reception!
On those days when I’m on such a track to get “stuff” done, and nothing is going right, are the very days I realize I’m leaving God out of the picture! My receptors are closed off to input as I focus only on output. The project may even be about and for the Lord, which makes the matter more troublesome when I’m leaving Him out of it!
We Need to Inhale
As surely as we need to exhale air from our lungs, we first need to inhale oxygen. We are God’s children, and since we already belong to the spiritual kingdom of heaven, our earthly drives simply won’t do without the King being involved. We need the Spirit of Christ in our labor, our housekeeping, our construction, our accounting, our writing, our character. We shouldn’t expect things to work right unless God is indeed participating, having His say, touching our consciences, guiding our hearts.
In those stormy moments when the keyboard is about to fly across the room, when that fleshly attitude is rising up, when frustration has reached its peak . . . we’re past the preferred praying moment, but prayer is still the answer. We need to recognize our Lord’s presence. We need the Master’s care and direction over our work. We are His, bought with a price, and we must pause to breathe Him in. Inhale. After all, He is always there, stirring us to rely on Him more, reminding us that His way is the best way, encouraging us to allow His attitude to flow more naturally through us.
What a joy it is to involve the Creator of the universe in our simple earthly projects. May we all—whether administrators or contractors or caretakers or writers—move ahead only as much as God is with us. And if He’s with us, correcting, guiding, and directing, by all means—let’s move!
When we move with God’s input, we can be confident about our output. And that includes my writing output.
See you on the next page,
UPDATE: Distant Contact, Book One in The COIL Legacy, is in the hands of our proofreader. David will have it in hand this week to make his final revisions. Therefore, we are close to announcing our 2016 Celebration for our 5 Years of Blogging, our New Website, and the two newest D.I. Telbat eBooks! Watch for news to come soon!
COMING UP: Join us next time for the final Chapter 3 of “Get Ready!” This short story was inspired by a true story, so David will also include an author note with some background. The following post will be a “Dee Peeks” post (on April 28), with Novel News and details for our 2016 CELEBRATION!