Thursday, October 15, 2009

Am I The Only One Who's Overwhelmed?

I'm going to have to stop reading Facebook and Twitter for a while. Some of my writer colleagues are always posting about how they're balancing their writing activities (which, as any writer knows, include writing, revisions, submissions, re-writing, marketing, and so forth ad infinitum) with family responsibilities, often tossing in vacations, side trips, and fun activities. I, on the other hand, sometimes have the feeling that I'm trying to juggle chainsaws one-handed, and wonder how I'll ever get through it all, much less get any productive writing done.

How about you? Do you sail through the day with a smile on your lips and a song in your heart, never overwhelmed, always staying caught up? I didn't think so. The fact is that when I see how great others are doing, I'm cherry-picking the best of every post, ignoring the lows that are often not even posted. All those people are struggling with life, just the way you and I do. And when I start looking across the fence at how green that grass is over there, I'm setting myself up to make my struggle worse.

At our Men's Fellowship last week, Steve Farrar asked us if we, just like Daniel and his companions who were in danger for their lives, had found ourselves in a situation where there seemed absolutely no way out. Most of the hands in the room went up. "And then, how many times did God make a way?" Again, most of the hands in the room.

Our journey isn't--to use Tony Romo's words--all "chocolate and lollipops." There'll be good times and bad. But we're not alone. I need to remember that. And when asked how I'm doing, I'll use the words of John Newton (author of the hymn, Amazing Grace): "I am just as God would have me." How about you?

4 comments:

Carol J. Garvin said...

It's always easier to see I've been "just as God would have me" when I look back than it is to be convinced of that while I'm bogged down with too much to do and tight schedules. But the promise that He is sufficient for all our needs reminds me to look to Him for my strength. At times I think He put writing in my life to help keep my sanity; other times I'm not so sure. ;)

Myra Johnson said...

I totally hear you!!! Keeping things "balanced" (if that's really even possible) seemed a lot easier even in the days when I was raising kids and working part-time while writing. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, marketing, e-mail, and all the other "important" things that take up a writer's time are what overwhelm me.

Catherine West said...

It is definitely hard to keep up with everyday life AND write!! I am not doing a great job lately, and I know I need to make a set schedule, decide what to work on and actually do it. I find it hard to read about other people who seem to be 'doing it all'. But I guess at some point, they're going to be getting out the weed killer and looking over the fence thinking that grass over there looks pretty darn good, so there's really no point in worrying about what other people are doing. At least it sounds good on paper!!

Carol J. Garvin said...

It's always easier to see I've been "just as God would have me" when I look back than it is to be convinced of that while I'm bogged down with too much to do and tight schedules. But the promise that He is sufficient for all our needs reminds me to look to Him for my strength. At times I think He put writing in my life to help keep my sanity; other times I'm not so sure. ;)