This week I was looking through my blog at some of the material that I’ve written over the past 3+ years. When you write about life in general, over time you come up with quite a variety. That’s fun, in a lot of ways. I’ve learned quite a bit about God, life, and myself. Well, I’m in the process of finalizing my third book, “All Sorts And Conditions Of People: The 7 Essentials Of Extraordinary Relationships.” You can read more about my forthcoming book at the link, this post isn’t really about that. As I was reflecting on the material that I have crunched out to date, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts on building your content, and two miracles that God has accomplished in this short season of my life:
– First of all, I had no idea that I was capable of writing. Please don’t take me wrong, I don’t think that I’m super great at it now or destined to be the next guest on Oprah. But it is a pretty cool part of my testimony, that I never had a knack for writing until some friends pointed it out to me that God had given me this gift. I’m really thankful for that, for those wonderful people who genuinely cared so much about me that they took an interest, and for God for giving me this somewhere in the midst of my life. To me, it was so pronounced that I would compare it to Jesus giving sight to a blind man who had never seen before. Yep, that powerful. Well, close anyway. And it started after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, little more than 10 years ago…
– Two central themes in my life seem to be passion and adventure. I have to be passionate about something for it to stick around for very long. When I think about what I would describe as fun it would be adventurous. It doesn’t have to be as zany as living on the “Lost” island. My sweetheart will tell you that creating something delicious in the kitchen on Saturday night is ALWAYS a fun time together, and a sort of adventure. I guess in my little world it’s sort of like getting my ya-yas out. As far as my writing is concerned, I’ve enjoyed just sharing with you my adventure, and learning how to write along the way.
Passion and adventure… 007 is that kind of guy. He’s passionate about his work, and he is always on some sort of adventure. That’s why I dig the Bond movies, and many others like Indian Jones, Mowgli the man cub, and, of course, you know that Gump is into the passion and adventure… about his running, and life!
If you read some of the material written by what we call “the author’s authors” – you know, those authors who are making it by telling other want-to-be authors about how to do it… if you read their stuff they’ll tell you how you can write a book one blog post at a time. It’s true. I’ve done it, at least in part, with all of my books.
With that said I want to let you in on another miracle that God has worked in my life over this season: The relationships book that I’m finalizing, there is some material that I started writing last year with a specific goal of including it in my book. There is also material that I will be including that I wrote 3 years ago that fits perfectly. While I never intended to include Gump in this work, Forrest fits to a T, as you will soon see.
Well, because I followed His lead in faith, and did what my friends suggested…
“Maybe I’m amazed at the way you help me sing my song…” Paul. You know, the other one 😉
It’s like understanding the signs of the times, as mentioned in 1 Chronicles 12:32, to help unify God’s people. And hearing His voice, following and knowing how to respond…
“… He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. After He has gathered his own flock, He walks ahead of them, and they follow Him because they know His voice.” John 10:3-4 They may be shaken, but not stirred!