I’ve been meaning to write that story down. I’ll do it in a few right after — Only, the time doesn’t come. Because there’ll always be another “thing” to tend to. So I have to purposely plan to neglect some things, in order to do that which is valuable in the moment.
T.D. Jakes talks about planned neglect, Jon Acuff has a whole chapter on it his book, Finish. We need to free ourselves up to focus on something which calls for our utmost attention, lest we keep putting off and look back and it’s been a whole year. Forgive my old English talk. I write what is in my head. And I just read the Bible which is still mixed up with a show from BBC.
I am British deep down. That’s whole different story.
Laundry, dishes, dust bunnies and the like will always be a thing to be done. Sometimes it takes courage to lay the Martha activities aside in order to enter into full focus as a hearer (of God) and a learner )of wisdom).
Sometimes I fold laundry while listening to a podcast or watching a YouTube sermon by Steven Furtick. Sometimes I do my dishes with Elevation Worship or Bethel Church playing in the background.
Meshing worship into daily activities helps me see the beauty in the daily mundane, but my issue here is not this — rather making myself do the ONE important work-related activity. How do I know it is important? It has been on my heart, stuck on repeat for a long time.
Why do I make excuses?
Why do I fight it?
I think I am afraid I will mess up the glamorous idea I have in my head. Just like how I put away my guitar for over a year. I was afraid since I wasn’t a pro, I may as well stop pretending I play at all. But everyone has to start somewhere, and the funny thing is I never wanted to be a pro anyways.
So I say no to the thing that pines for my attention and I start a new document. I type the very first words that will make a new plot. As much as I am an outliner, it is looking like for a certain story — I will have to be a pantser or this will never go anywhere.
Sometimes how we are for one thing, doesn’t work for another. Sometimes we have to care less about making an A+ and care more about showing up. So I grab my guitar from the closet and I play the only notes I taught myself so far: G, C, E, A, and D. I make up the words as I go along. I record the melody in my phone along with the other 200 saved sounds.
But somewhere deep down, I think I write and sing much better (and enjoy them) when I stop thinking about what they might end up being. So I am letting my guard down, throwing my excuses to the floor today — and writing and playing for an audience of One.
This was a five minute free write hosted by Kate Motaung of fiveminutefriday.com. We are given a word prompt each week and we run with it like there’s no tomorrow. It is fun, freeing, and less fancy. Take off your heels (if you wear them) and go barefoot with us friend. Our word this week was: EXCUSE. The // indicate where the timer began & ended. –#fmfparty link up here–
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